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Sweden: Possible charges in the Olof Palme murder case


The then Swedish prime minister was shot in 1986. Now the public prosecutor wants to clarify who is responsible for the murder within a few months.

34 years after the unsolved murder of the then Prime Minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, investigators say they have come closer to solving the case. He was confident that in the first half of 2020 he would be able to show what had happened and who was responsible for the murder, the responsible public prosecutor Krister Pettersson told the Swedish TV station SVT.

Charges for the palm tree murder should be raised by summer - otherwise the investigation will be terminated, Petersson said. Traces would therefore give reason for optimism.

The social democrat Palme was shot on February 28, 1986 after going to the cinema in downtown Stockholm. He had been the head of the Swedish government for more than three years at the time.

One of the prime suspects in the case, Christer Pettersson, died in 2004. He was found guilty by a Swedish court in 1989, but was acquitted in second instance. In a television interview in 2018, prosecutor Krister Pettersson said he didn't think Christer Pettersson murdered Palm.

Source: zeit

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