November 7, 2013
A PLO official on Thursday called for an international inquiry into “the killing” of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a day after Swiss scientists said he probably died from polonium poisoning.
“The (test) results proved Arafat was poisoned by polonium, and this substance is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was committed by a state,” said Wasel Abu Yusef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s executive committee.
“Just as a committee was formed to investigate the killing of (slain Lebanese prime minister) Rafiq Hariri, there must be a international committee to investigate the killing of president Arafat,” he told AFP.
The central committee of the Fatah party, which is headed by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and which dominates the PLO, was to meet on Thursday at 1:00pm (1100 GMT) to discuss the latest findings, said senior party official Amin Maqbul.
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