Arafat: PNA commission says Israel is the sole suspect

'PLO chairman did not die of natural causes'

08 November, 12:15

    Major General Tawfiq Tirawi, the head of the Palestinian investigations committee into the death of Yasser Arafat Major General Tawfiq Tirawi, the head of the Palestinian investigations committee into the death of Yasser Arafat

    (ANSAmed) - RAMALLAH- A Palestinian National Authority commission of inquiry into the death of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat said on Friday that Israel is probably responsible.

    ''We believe Israel is the sole suspect in the death of Arafat'', Palestinian intelligence chief Tawfiq al-Tirawi and commission member told reporters at a news briefing.

    ''What is certain is that the historic leader of the PLO did not die of natural causes. He did not die of an illness, or even of old age'', added commission member Abdullah al-Bashir. Arafat fell into a coma and died on November 11, 2004, at the age of 75 in disputed circumstances after effectively being confined within his Ramallah compound for over two years by the Israeli army. His body was exhumed in November 2012 as French and Swiss experts were joined by a Russian forensic team to determine whether he was poisoned.

    The Russian concluded that ''there was not enough evidence to support the theory that he was exposed to polonium-210'', while the Swiss ''moderately support the theory of radioactive poisoning'', al-Bashir explained. (ANSAmed).

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