The radiological institute of the medical centre of the university of the Vaux in Lausanne (CHUV) is going to examine the remains of Yasser Arafat, a spokesman for the centre has confirmed after Arafat's widow, Suha has given her approval. The centre now awaits a written statement from Suha Arafat's lawyer a then plans to send a mission to Ramallah at the beginning of next month.
This first mission is to meet the Palestinian leadership and explore the possibilities at Arafat's place of burial. After that a second mission will be planned in order to look for traces of the highly radioactive and toxic polonium in Arafat's remains. The centre earlier found abnormal concentrations of polonium when it examined some of Arafat's clothes and belongings.
"Time is short, we can say that it is a matter of weeks, not months, since the traceability of polonium halved every 138 days," CHUV spokesman Darcy Christen said. Since the unexplained death of the Palestinian leader on November 11, 2004 more than twenty cycles have passed.