The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

France names judges for overseas probe into Arafat's death


PARIS (AFP) - France has named a panel of judges to launch a probe abroad into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat over suspicions that he was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium, a source said on Tuesday.

The judges will visit Mr Arafat's mausoleum in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Mr Arafat died aged 75 in France in November 2004 and French doctors were unable to say what had killed him. But many Palestinians are convinced that he was poisoned by Israel.

French prosecutors opened a murder inquiry in August after Al-Jazeera television broadcast an investigation in which Swiss experts said they had found high levels of radioactive polonium on Mr Arafat's personal effects.