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Arafat's widow given medical files


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(CNN) -- The widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has picked up his medical records from the Paris hospital where he died November 11, and was reviewing the information, her lawyers said.

There was no indication of whether Sufa Arafat would release details of the files to the public.

Doctors have refused to give copies of the records to anyone but family members.

Palestinian officials were turned down when they requested to see the medical report.

Although hospitalized for the last weeks of his life, doctors never provided an official diagnosis of what was ailing him, nor did they disclose the cause of death.

The lack of disclosure spawned dozens of rumors about what may have sickened Arafat and how he died.

Nasser al-Kidwa, who is Arafat's nephew, also can review the records, as a family member and representative of the Palestinian Authority.

CNN Correspondent Ben Wedeman said al-Kidwa was in Cairo Friday.

It was unclear whether he still planned a Paris trip.

In the statement released Friday, Suha Arafat again thanked French President Jacques Chirac, other French authorities and the staff of the Percy Military Hospital.


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