The murder of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme closed after 34 years
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The case, in which was conducted a murder investigation in 1986 Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme, closed in connection with the death of a man authorities believe has committed a crime. This was announced at a special press conference in Stockholm
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Olof Palme was shot dead in Central Stockholm on 28 February 1986, when he together with his wife Lisbeth and without protection were returning home from the cinema
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The case, in which was conducted a murder investigation in 1986 Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme, closed in connection with the death of a man authorities believe has committed a crime. This was at a special press conference in Stockholm, announced the country’s chief Prosecutor Krister Petersson.
According to the Prosecutor, the murder was committed by Stig Engstrom, which was held in the case of Palma witness. Later on him as a possible killer of the Prime Minister pointed to various experts, however, the authorities in question it has not occurred until death. Engstrom died in June 2000, presumably to commit suicide.
“Because he’s dead, I can’t charge him or even question him. After more than 34 years, it is difficult to believe that any further investigation will give us any new details, and so I think that we have achieved all that was to be expected,” said Petersson.
The head of the group investigating the assassination of Palme, Hans Melander said that the investigation was the largest in the history of the country and one of the largest in world history along with the murder of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. According to Melander, the case one way or the other were about 90 thousand people, in the course of the investigation were interviewed more than 10 thousand people, including 134 people who said anywhere about his involvement in the murder.
In 1986 Engstrom was questioned as a witness, one of the first appeared on the spot where Palme was shot. Then the police revealed inconsistencies in his testimony, which in many respects differed from the testimony of other witnesses, but in the end felt of His popularity seeker who is trying to seem bigger and more important than it actually is. As a result, in 1988, convicted of the murder of Palme was recognized already convicted for the murder of Krister Petersson. However, in 1989, the case was reviewed and Petterson was acquitted.
The version that the killer palm was exactly Engstrom, was first laid out in 2016 (after his death) the book by Lars Larsson, “the Enemy of the nation”. According to Melander, the police began to investigate the question about the involvement of His murder in 2017. However, according to the Prosecutor, the time was already lost.
“If this investigation team handled the case the palm tree 34 years ago, Stig Engstrom would have been behind bars, as he was unable to satisfactorily explain his actions, the Facts clearly prove that he was at the crime scene, but in quite a different role than that which he said. There is enough evidence to take him into custody,” said Petersson. The question, whether the killer acted alone or together with someone else, remained open.
Olof Palme was shot dead in Central Stockholm on 28 February 1986, when he together with his wife Lisbeth and without protection were returning home from the cinema. As a possible cause of murder was called a conspiracy of right-wing extremists (the palm was the leader of the Social democratic party of Sweden and a few days later had to go on a visit to the USSR) and the error of the attacker, who had confused the palm with the drug dealer Sigge Cedergren.
In addition, there are other theories, and the version put forward by the journalists investigating this mysterious crime. One of them, Anders Leopold, in his time working in the newspaper Expressen and repeatedly met with the palm, offered to investigate the vector of the “Iran-contra” – the CIA”, referring to the efforts of the late Prime Minister to end Iran-Iraq war.
After the arrest of the leader of the Kurdish workers party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, was actively discussed “the Kurdish trail.” Ocalan stated that his colleagues involved in the assassination in 1981 at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II and the murder of the Swedish Prime Minister.
Then came the sensational version of the American writer and journalist Barbra Honegger. She was konsultantka election campaign of George Bush and Ronald Reagan, and then spent three years in the White house and the U.S. Department of justice. Honegger claimed that her hands got a telegram received from the agent-informant “Y”, which contained a coded message: “the Swedish tree need to get out”. According to the journalist, “this tree was the Olof Palme”. The death of the palm, on the assumption Honegger, was beneficial to those who feared his revelations.
According to other versions, the Prime Minister shot the assassin, who drew the secret services of Yugoslavia or South Africa. The last of these versions put forward by the Swedish writer, journalist and social activist Steig Larsson, who conducted his own investigation of the murder of the Prime Minister.