The widow of late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, has confirmed the reports that a large quantity of polonium was found in her husband’s body. She said the substance must have been administered to him through food, drink or injection.
She said her husband was murdered and expressed her profound sadness about this “treachery.”
Through her solicitor, Saad Jabbar, Suha Arafat refused to disclose her future steps after the findings of the latest Swiss report confirmed that Mr Arafat was poisoned.
She has adopted this stance out of respect for the French Judiciary, which has the authority to investigate the case.
Jabbar said: “The Swiss report is conclusive because it examined all the potential possibilities for Arafat’s death. We are convinced that the polonium was sourced from a nuclear plant and the countries which own such plants are well known.”
Moreover, he said: “We will rely only on this report. Time will prove that the Russian report lacks credibility.”
The London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi said that according to official sources, the committee designated to follow up Arafat’s case would have a heavy burden. It will conduct new and secret investigations to identify the person[s] who administered the polonium.
Meanwhile, Palestinian officials have confirmed to the newspaper that new investigations would be conducted. They would include the re-examination of several security files prepared after Arafat’s death. They include the accounts of close aides to the late leader.