France Opens Arafat Murder Probe

    A Palestinian woman throws wheat into the air to clean the grains in front of  a mural depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank village of Jalama near Jenin city on on July 5, 2012. The Palestinians called for an international probe into veteran leader Yasser Arafat's death after reports he may have been poisoned, raising the possibility of an exhumation. AFP PHOTO / SAIF DAHLAH        (Photo credit should read SAIF DAHLAH/AFP/GettyImages)

    Saif Dahlah, AFP / Getty Images

    France has opened an inquiry into the possibility that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered, according to Agence France-Presse. Medical records say that a stroke was the cause of Arafat’s 2004 death, but speculation has swirled ever since, with his family contending that he may have been poisoned using the radioactive element polonium-210. An investigation by the news agency Al-Jazeera into the poisoning claims led to findings by scientists in Switzerland that “significant” traces of polonium were found on Arafat’s belongings. Based on the Al-Jazeera report, Arafat’s family filed a case with officials in France to demand further investigation.

    Read it at BBC