Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is reported to have died from poisoning according to Al-Jazeera. The Arab network has published the conclusions of Swiss scientists' reports that support the allegations on its website. Arafat died from a stroke in 2004, according to medical records. But allegations of murder lead his wife, Suha Arafat to have his body exhumed in 2012.
The Swiss scientists' report shows "unexpected high activity" of polonium in Arafat's body.
The Vaudois University Hospital Center (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland has examined Arafat's medical records, as well as the samples taken from his body and have decided that their findings "moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210."
The issue with polonium-210 is that it is found in low doses in some types of food and is secreted in the body. However, in high doses, the substance can be deadly.
And though Arafat's ribs and pelvis held polonium levels that were at least 18 times higher than usual there still remains some doubt on whether or not the controversial leader was poisoned.
The scientists said they were unable to come up with a more conclusive verdict because of the time lapse since his death, and the quality of the existing samples they had access to, BBC reported.
French and Russian scientists are also conducting their own separate investigations of Arafat's death. A Russian official came out in October saying that they found no traces of polonium in their investigation, The Guardian reported.
But Arafat's widow is convinced her husband was murdered. "We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters Wednesday. "This has confirmed all our doubts."
She acknowledged Arafat had many enemies and has therefore not accused any country or person of wrong-doing.
Yet, many Palestinians have pointed the blame on Israel.
"This is more soap opera than science," Yigal Palmor, a member of Israel's foreign ministry, told BBC. He believes the investigation was commissioned in part by the "interested parties" of the Palestinian Authority and Arafat's family, Palmor says the investigation ignored key data.
"The other huge hole in the theory is the absence of all access to the French hospital where Arafat died and to Arafat's medical files," said Palmor. "How can the cause of death be determined without the opinion of the doctors or the results of the medical tests they ran on the patient?"