Polonium found in Arafat’s toothpaste
An unusually high dose of polonium has been found in the toothpaste that belonged to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Sky News reports.
Results of tests conducted at a Swiss laboratory to probe into the cause of Arafat’s sudden death can confirm rumours that Mr. Arafat was poisoned. If that happens, his body will be exhumed so that further tests could be carried out.
Francois Bochud, head of the Institute of Radiation Physics at the Lausanne University, has claimed that tests revealed higher levels of polonium in Arafat’s belongings, provided by his widow.
He stressed however that it was necessary to exhume and analyze Arafat’s remains.
The Palestinian leadership is now debating whether to authorize this exhumation. They are to announce their decision in the next few days to come.
Jul 5, 2012