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  11/8/2013, Kislev 5, 5774

PA Asks for French Findings on Arafat


Justice Minister Ali Mhanna of the Palestinian Authority urged France on Friday to send findings from its investigation into the 2004 death of PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's, after Swiss tests were inconclusive on claims of the terrorist's death from polonium poisoning, according to Agence France Presse. Addressing a news conference in Ramallah, Mhanna said, "We've sent a letter to the French demanding they accelerate the sending of results, and we're still waiting. He added, "From the beginning the French have told us they can't send the results until there's Franco-Palestinian judicial cooperation."

Some 60 samples were taken from Arafat's remains in November 2012 and divided between Swiss and Russian investigators and a French team carrying out a probe at his widow's request. Arafat died at a French military hospital near Paris on November 11, 2004, with doctors unable to say what killed him. At the time, an autopsy was never carried out - at his widow's request, but France opened a formal murder inquiry into his death in August 2012, a month after an Al-Jazeera documentary linked his death to polonium poisoning.