Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Christian Science Monitor reports that tests carried out at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland on Yasser Arafat’s final personal belongings – his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh — found that there was a high level of polonium inside his body when he died suggesting Arafat may have been poisoned with the same radioactive element that Russian agents used to kill Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. Polonium is a rare element, hard for anyone but a national government to get its hands on and dangerous to handle. "Its presence on Arafat's belongings is certainly suggestive," writes Dan Murphy. "But it's also not out of the realm of possibility that it was added to his effects after his death (though, again, it's very difficult to obtain). Only if his body is exhumed — carefully, under supervision by professionals guarding against tampering — can suspicion congeal into fact." Suha Arafat, who was 27 years old when she married the 61-year-old Arafat in in 1990, told Francois Bochud, who heads the Institute of Radiation Physics in Lausanne that she'd kept the clothing and other items tested at her lawyer's office in Paris until early this year, when she asked Al Jazeera to have the items tested on her behalf. Now Suha is calling for the Palestinian Authority to exhume Arafat's body for further testing. "When Arafat died there was an avalanche of speculation that it was foul play," writes Murphy. "If solid evidence does emerge he was murdered, after a proper autopsy is done, then a storm could start to break.""
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