The body of veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat could be exhumed after it emerged that he may have been poisoned. The results of a nine-month investigation, commissioned by the broadcaster al Jazeera, found the radioactive substance polonium in items belonging to him. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called for a probe into Arafat's death. "We call for the formation of an international investigation committee, modelled on the international investigation committee set up to look into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri," he told the AFP news agency. Arafat's widow Suha Arafat said she would push for her husband's body to be exhumed so further tests could be carried out. She rejected a postmortem examination at the time of his death, but said she wanted one done now in the wake of the lab's findings. She did not explain why she had waited nearly eight years to have the belongings, including a toothbrush and a fur hat, tested. French doctors said at the time that Arafat died of a massive brain haemorrhage - weeks after he fell violently ill at his West Bank compound. He had suffered intestinal inflammation, jaundice and a blood condition known as disseminated intravascular coagulation, according to French medical records. The al Jazeera investigation centred on forensic testing of items belonging to Arafat that were handed to Mrs Arafat by the Paris hospital where he died in November 2004 at the age of 75. Mrs Arafat gave al Jazeera <b>...</b>
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