FMBA: No need for further examination on Arafat
Published Wednesday 26/02/2014 (updated) 27/02/2014 22:01
MOSCOW (Ma'an) -- Director of the Russia's Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) Vladimir Uiba said that there is no need to form a new committee to examine the remains of the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.
The Arab League had filed a request for the formation of an international committee to re-examine the remains of Arafat after the Agency concluded that his death was due to natural causes, and not poisoning as previous examinations had suggested.
Russia Today quoted Uiba as saying, "we will not take part in this new committee," adding that scientists are satisfied with the results they previously found.
"The scientists in the community have accepted this, but others who assess things according to their feelings did not," he added.
In December, FMBA officials ruled that the late Palestinian leader died from "natural" causes. The tests followed a November report from Swiss scientists which "moderately supported the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210."
Arafat died in France on Nov. 11, 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was carried out at the time, in line with his widow Suha's request.