British Expert Says It’s “Highly Unlikely” Arafat Was Poisoned – Paul Martin(Independent-UK)
Professor Nicholas Priest, who formerly headed the biomedical research unit of the Atomic Energy Authority in Britain, says it is “highly unlikely” that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in 2004 from a lethal dose of radioactive polonium.
Prof. Priest, a specialist in radiation toxicology, is one the few British scientists to have worked with polonium-210 and was involved in the research over the death of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 in the only known case of fatal poisoning by the substance.
“Key indicators it was not polonium [that killed Arafat] were lack of hair loss in the face, and no damage to his bone marrow, both of which were found extensively in Litvinenko,” he said.
He pointed out that polonium would be naturally produced in the bones of anyone buried as a by-product of the bones absorbing lead from the soil.
Russian Report: Evidence Does Not Prove Arafat Poisoning – Noah Browning (Reuters)
A Russian report quoted by Palestinian investigators on Fridaysaid there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning.
“The outcome of the comprehensive report on the levels of Polonium-210 and the development of his illness does not give sufficient evidence to support the decision that Polonium-210 caused acute radiation syndrome leading to death,” said Dr. Abdullah Bashir, quoting the conclusions of the Russian report.