Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Arafat health records stay private

Following up on the speculation on whether Arafat was poisined, we have this CNN report on the status of the medical records resulting from his stay in Paris that culminated in his death.

Arafat health records stay private

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 Posted: 7:56 AM EST (1256 GMT) CNN.COM

Basically, the French position is that it is up to Arafat's family to have the records released. Arafat's family is his wife Suha.

"We sent an official letter, asking for all the details and all the reports," Qureia said from his office outside Jerusalem. "He is one of the region's main leaders and therefore I think we should know what happened."

The intense secrecy surrounding Arafat's final days has aroused frustration and rumors in many parts of the Arab world.

Arafat's Jordanian physician, Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, has called for an autopsy, citing poisoning as a possible cause for Arafat's death.

However, on Saturday a top Palestinian official, Nasser al-Kidwa, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations and Arafat's nephew, said that there is no evidence that Israel poisoned Arafat. Nevertheless, he, too, called for an investigation.

Israel has vehemently denied any wrongdoing in Arafat's death