Arafat’s widow to file suit in Paris over death: lawyer - AP/Hurriyet Daily News
I know the whole “But Who Really Killed Yassir Arafat” thing has been pored over by we lizards over the past week, but I couldn’t help noticing this tasty tidbit in today’s news:
Yasser Arafat’s widow is to file a lawsuit in France following allegations the Palestinian leader died at a Paris hospital in 2004 after being radioactively poisoned, her lawyers said today.
“Mrs Suha Arafat, widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, has asked a Parisian legal practice to file suit against an unnamed person under French jurisdiction,” lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur’s practice said in a statement.
“Mrs Arafat hopes that the authorities will be able to establish the exact circumstances of her husband’s death and find out the truth so that justice can be done,” it said.
I don’t know about anyone else, but this struck me as oddly famililar to something I have read before:
‘When things have settled down a bit I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers who slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman. They are out there somewhere. Whatever it takes to identify them and bring them in, I will provide somehow.’
On a more serious note, though, it is worth pointing out that the widow Arafat’s lawsuit is pure Kabuki-theater. As many of us have pointed out over the past week or so, Mrs. Arafat has at all times had the legal right to request the release of the medical records and reports of the physicians who treated him before his death. Don’t believe me? How about the NY Times, which reported the following shortly after the arch-terrorist’s death in a French military hospital:
Under French privacy law, medical records cannot be published, and they can be made available only to family members, leaving doctors unable to lift the veil of mystery surrounding Arafat’s condition themselves.
By granting Kidwa access to his uncle’s records, the French government was able to abide by its privacy laws and at the same time provide a path through which the information could be rendered public. Arafat’s wife, Suha, has previously refused to publish her husband’s medical files and objected to the fact that Kidwa was given the documents. Her lawyers have threatened the Percy Military Training Hospital with legal action, implying that a nephew does not qualify as close enough family for the disclosure law, a claim government officials rejected.
So, in 2004, Suha Arafat was threatening to sue anyone who might wish to release Yassir Arafat’s medical records, but we are to believe that she is now suing to get the truth out?
On second thought, maybe my OJ reference isn’t so far-fetched after all.