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Yasser Arafat’s widow says she trusts Russian experts

December 09, 2012, 5:55 UTC+3
She refuted media reports that she had allegedly banned Russian experts from examining the remains of her late husband
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, December 9 (Itar-Tass) — Suha Arafat, the widow of late Palestinian ex-leader Yasser Arafat said on Saturday that she trusted Russian experts who had helped exhuming her husband’s body. She refuted media reports that she had allegedly banned Russian experts from examining the remains of her late husband.

“I am happy that Russian experts participated in the exhumation. I have full trust in them and I have no doubt in their competence,” the former Palestinian leader’s widow said in an exclusive interview with the Rusiya al-Yaum television channel.

Suha Arafat said that she had never given interviews on Russian experts’ participation in the exhumation to anybody. She added that not a single media outlet had ever approached her with that question and called such statements a lie aimed at deluding the Russians. “I am denying them and I am going to do that in the media soon,” Suha Arafat said.

The remains of Yasser Arafat’s body were exhumed from a tomb in Ramallah in the West Bank of Jordan on November 27 following a request of his widow Suha made in connection with suspicions and indirect evidence that Arafat could have been poisoned by Polonium-210.

Experts from Russia, France and Switzerland took part in the exhumation. They took the samples of Arafat’s tissue and will now have to test them for the presence of Polonium or other poisonous substances.

It’s still unclear when the test results are going to be announced.

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