A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, prosecutors said, following claims by his wife that he may have been poisoned. Tuesday's announcement comes after Suha Arafat last month asked a court in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre to launch a murder investigation following revelations that a Swiss institute had discovered high levels of the radioactive element polonium-210 on Arafat's clothing. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat told Al Jazeera that the Palestinian Authority welcomed the inquiry.
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