A French prosecutor's office on Tuesday called to dismiss the case surrounding the 2004 death of former Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, a case in which it was claimed he was poisoned.
The prosecutor's office in Nanterre – a suburb of Paris – back in May had been given three months to rule on the case after receiving an inquiry by French judges probing Arafat's death at Percy Military Hospital outside the French capital.
After investigating the findings, the office said that "it is not possible to establish sufficient charges against anyone," reports Associated Press.
However, the case isn't quite finished yet; now an investigating magistrate will have to peruse the findings and make a final ruling at some later as yet undecided date.
Arafat, who was born in Cairo and went on to establish the Fatah and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terror groups before later calling for the 2000 Second Intifada terror war, died aged 75 on November 11, 2004 at the French hospital. He had been admitted there at the end of October that year after developing stomach pains while at his headquarters in Ramallah.
Arafat's widow Suha who lives in France lodged a complaint at a court in Nanterre in 2012, claiming that her husband was assassinated and sparking the inquiry. Later that year his tomb in Ramallah was opened for a few hours allowing three teams of French, Swiss and Russian investigators to collect around 60 samples.
Suha Arafat allowed investigators to exhume his body after traces of polonium-210 were found on clothing that she provided to scientists as part of an Al Jazeera documentary.
Following the investigation by the Swiss team, PA officials were quick to say that the findings proved that Arafat had been “assassinated” and, as expected, blamed Israel for the “assassination.”
French experts "maintain that the polonium-210 and lead-210 found in Arafat's grave and in the samples are of an environmental nature," Nanterre prosecutor Catherine Denis said in April.
Polonium-210 became famous in 2006 when a fugitive Russian intelligence officer turned opponent of President Vladimir Putin, Alexander Litvinenko, was killed in London by a strong dose of the hard-to-obtain radioactive isotope. Two Russian agents were the chief suspects for British police, but Moscow refused their extradition.