I can understand maybe taking samples of his hair and fingernails, and maybe a tissue sample if any remains undigested by worms—-but 60?

What did they take? Don’t answer that; I don’t want to know.

Around 60 samples were taken from the remains of the late Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat for a probe into whether he was poisoned by polonium, a Swiss newspaper reported Sunday, quoting a lead investigator.

The samples were distributed among three teams doing separate analyses eight years after Arafat’s death in a French hospital, Patrice Mangin told Le Matin Dimanche, according to AFP.

According to the report, only a Palestinian Authority pathologist was permitted to touch the body when Arafat’s grave was opened on Tuesday in the city of Ramallah.

He was able to “take all the samples that were wanted, around 60 in total,” said Mangin, the director of the Swiss University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, adding that the investigation would take three or four months.

I’d hurry it up, fellas, because in the meantime some people are making some awfully scurrilous charges:

I still don’t get why only an Arab pathologist could touch the carcass. Or why they needed to touch it at all. Just pass a geiger counter over the thing and see if it’s radioactive. Voila, and everyone’s home for lunch. If they still have their appetites.

PS: Arafat died of AIDS, huh? What will people say next? Must have been all those blood transfusions in the French hospital, right? Everyone’s queer over there. Probably got syphilis too, poor guy. Though from the looks of him, he had had it for a long time.


  1. Jeanette said,

    December 3, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    “Arafat death investigation already looking like a sham”


  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    December 3, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    And the doctor who speaks in the beginning is speaking in Arabic. So they knew back then that he had AIDS.

    – Aggie

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