Arafat ingested deadly amount of polonium, lab finds
LAUSANNE | Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal radioactive polonium before his death nine years ago, and it could not have been by accident, Swiss scientists said Thursday.
The Swiss lab examined Arafat’s remains, his underclothes and a travel bag that he had with him in the days before his death in a Paris hospital and found that the polonium and lead amounts could not be occurring naturally.
The time frame of his illness and death also were consistent with polonium poisoning, they said. abandoned, the inspectors said Thursday.
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