Posted 04.07.2012 14:45:36 UTC
Updated 05.07.2012 07:22:10 UTC
Palestine leader Mahmoud Abbas has given instructions for an investigation commission to be set up to unravel the mystery over his death and to examine the new reports on the case.
The Palestine administration has taken action following allegations that Arafat , who died in 2004, was poisoned.
The head of the commission conducting the inquest into Arafat's death, Tevfit Tiravi expressed readiness to to exhume his grave for an autopsy.
Tiravi said he had met Palestine leader Abbas and quoted him as having said that the autopsy could be held provided that Arafat's spouse Süha Arafat and his cousin Nasır el-Kidva gave approval.
Al Jazeera television has alleged that an examination carried out at a Swiss laboratory has revealed there were unusually high levels of radiactive material polonium on Arafat's belongings which he used before he died.
A statement made by the laboratory said that there was need for a post-mortem examination to get a decisive result about the cause of his death.
The same poisnous material had been detected on the dead body of Former KGB Agent Aleksander Litvinenko in 2006 who had been poisoned to death in London.