In rare interview Suha Arafat talks about her late husband's death, responds to suspicions of poisoning and allegations of her controlling Palestinian funds
Suha Arafat, widow of the late Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, admitted that she does not know whether her husband was poisoned to death.
"God only knows, because Abu Amar (Arafat) took all of the secrets to the grave," she told London-based Arabic language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat.
Suha said she worked toward bringing her ailing husband for treatment in Tunisia as she 'trusted the doctors there,' but could not do so as former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) had already reached an agreement with French President Jacques Chirac to treat Arafat in Paris.
The Arafat widow responded to allegations that she was in control of her late husband's money and indeed of all of the Palestinian Authority's funds, saying "one of these days the truth will come out without me having to respond of defend myself."
"All I care about now is my daughter Zahwa's education and guaranteeing her future, after having lost her father, president Arafat," she said.
Today, Suha and her daughter live in a palace granted to them by Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, and she says that Ben Ali has offered her full citizenship in Tunisia.
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