French court postpones probe into ex-palestine leader Arafat’s death

A French court decided to postpone a decision on whether to resume the investigation into the case of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death, local media reported Friday, citing his widow Souha Arafat.

According to the Ouest France media outlet, the decision could not be made over lack of basis to conduct the investigation.

Arafat, one of the most prominent figures of the Palestinian independence movement, died in 2004 in France.

In 2012, Arafat’s widow called France for an additional inquiry into the former leader’s death after an investigation by Al Jazeera broadcaster earlier that year found “significant” traces of polonium-210 on some of Arafat’s personal items.

In 2015, France’s Nanterre prosecutor’s office dropped the investigation citing absence of a crime.