Sunday, December 08, 2013

"Arafat widow to challenge French forensic probe" (Ma'an)

This story has ceased to be useful to the Mondoweiss agenda, but it keeps getting better for irony fans:
The widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pledged Friday to challenge a French inquiry which found his death to have been from natural causes, rather than poison as Palestinians suspect.

"A request for further expert opinion will be submitted in the next few days to investigating judges in (the Paris suburb of) Nanterre," Suha Arafat's French lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur told AFP.

Suha Arafat lodged a murder complaint in Nanterre in July last year after an Al-Jazeera television documentary linked Arafat's 2004 death at a military hospital near Paris to polonium poisoning.

"After consultations with many legal experts and with the Swiss institute which examined samples from the martyr Arafat's remains, and having compared the French and Swiss reports, we have decided to turn to the French legal system to challenge the findings in the French medical report," she told AFP by phone.
How do you use a "legal system" to "challenge" scientific conclusions? This should be interesting for some time to come although many of the people who saw articles such as this one will miss out on the fun.


Esser Agaroth said...

I guess she even knows better than to try and blame Israel for injecting him with HIV.

Then it might come out that he spread it around.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

What is a bit of Polonium between friends, after all? Suha surely is beyond slipping some to her hubby...

Esser Agaroth said...

Snoopy, Good point!

Yitzchak Goodman said...

What's the half-life of HIV?