Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Arafat's remains exhumed

Arafat's widow Suha had filed a civil lawsuit at a French hospital asking for a murder investigation into her husband's death

Arafat's remains exhumed (© Reuters)

Ramallah: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's remains have been exhumed for poison tests, a Palestinian source said on Tuesday.

Members of the Palestinian Presidential Guard moved the coffin from the tomb to a nearby mosque in the Palestinian presidency's Ramallah headquarters, reported Xinhua.

The remains were put on a plastic stretcher at the mosque where the samples will be taken, the source said.

Tawfiq Tirawi, head of the Palestinian committee investigating Arafat's death, was present during the digging along with investigators and experts from Switzerland, France and Russia, the source added.

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