Report: Tests ‘moderately support’ that Yasser Arafat poisoned by polonium


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A dose "the size of a grain of salt, something like that" could be deadly, professor says

The Palestinian leader died in 2004 at age 75

Last year, his widow, suspecting he was poisoned, had the body exhumed for tests

Polonium-210 -- a radioactive substance -- had been detected on his clothing and toothbrush

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Swiss scientists say levels of polonium-210 measured in the personal effects and body tissues of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat “moderately” support a proposition that he died of polonium poisoning.

The findings released by the University Center of Legal Medicine of Lausanne – first reported Wednesday by Al Jazeera – do not address how Arafat, who died in 2004 at age 75, might have been poisoned or who might have done it.

It was her suspicions that led authorities to exhume Arafat’s body after polonium-210 was found last year on his personal belongings.

The Swiss center said it identified “significant quantities” of polonium in biological stains on those belongings. Some polonium also was found in samples of remains taken during last year’s exhumation, it said.