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PA wants international inquiry into Arafat death
Published Sunday 08/07/2012 (updated) 09/07/2012 11:32
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Saeb Erekat said the president wanted an international investigation.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas has asked his French counterpart François Hollande to form an international commission to investigate the death of late president Yasser Arafat, similar to the international committee which investigated the assassination of Rafiq Hariri of Lebanon.

PLO official Saeb Erekat told Ma’an that if an international investigation is carried out, the PA will ask the Arab league to appoint a joint Arab and international committee.

He highlighted that the Arab League’s secretary-general Nabil al-Arabi promised to do his best as the Cairo-based regional body holds a meeting to discuss the case in the coming weeks.

Abbas made his request during a meeting with Hollande in Paris Friday.

“The truth about the martyrdom of Arafat must be revealed, as well as the tools used to kill him. The perpetrators must be put to justice,” Erekat added.

Al Jazeera reported last week that a Swiss institute found his personal belongings contained abnormal levels of a rare and radioactive element called polonium.

Arafat, who fell ill while besieged in his compound in Ramallah during the second intifada, eventually passed away in a Paris hospital in 2004. Mystery surrounded his cause of death.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/07/2012 15:48
Polonium 210 has a half-life 138.4 days. For any traceable Polonium to exist 8 years later (or about 23 half-lives later) sounds very, very fishy. And, of course, why did it take 8 years for the PA to say something? Why did Suha not release the death report? Why did the so-called Swiss experts remain silent until AlJazeera showed up? And, of course, where are the missing $billions? So much easier to make up a story and blame Israel!

2 ) mohamed / somalia
08/07/2012 16:40
no doubt about that israeli behinds arafat death.

3 ) Robby / USA
08/07/2012 23:21
2 ) mohamed / somalia - Wow, how unusual for someone on this site to blame Israel before there is any credible proof, what a surprise.

4 ) hossein jama / kenya
10/07/2012 17:59
no matter how america,the zionist entity in occupied palestine,tony blair and mercenaries,[so-colled PA]ever try to cover-up,to block the investigations,or else,every kid in the world knows who poisened arafat and why.

5 ) hossein jama / kenya
10/07/2012 18:06
N:B if you[ma-an news agency] dont publish,that means you are not a natural news agency,you are the mouthpiece of ABASS,EREKAT,and those others who pupets of the zionists and america

6 ) southparkbear / usa
11/07/2012 06:07
for safety go with national too. it is safe and fast. heck the conclusion are already written
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