Saturday, September 8, 2012

Arafat nephew: No need for new murder probe

Maan News Agency
Published today 13:59
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The nephew of late President Yasser Arafat said on Thursday it was not necessary to re-investigate the leader's death as everyone knows who was behind it, Al Jazeera reported.

Nasser al-Qudwa, who heads the Yasser Arafat Foundation, in July said he was behind the renewed calls for a thorough probe into the sudden death of Arafat in 2004, after Al Jazeera broadcast new findings that the leader's belongings had traces of the radioactive element polonium-210.

But al-Qudwa said this week that the new evidence just confirms past conclusions that Arafat was poisoned, and his family accuses Israel of the murder.

He said now was not the time for re-investigation, but international condemnation and a criminal trial for what he describes as an assassination.

A French court opened a murder inquiry last month, and the Palestinian Authority had pledged to cooperate. Arafat died in a Paris military hospital aged 75.

Allegations of foul play spread quickly after French doctors said they could not establish a cause of death, and no autopsy was carried out.