Justice Swedish concludes 34 years of investigation on the assassination of Olof Palme

La justice suédoise clôt 34 ans d'enquête sur l'assassinat d'Olof Palme

STOCKHOLM | More than thirty years after the assassination of prime minister Olof Palme, justice, Swedish announced on Wednesday the termination of the investigation, the main suspect being deceased.

The suspect, identified Wednesday as Stig Engström, “is deceased, so I can’t prosecute or even question it, that is why I have decided to close this investigation,” said the prosecutor responsible for the case, Krister Petersson, during a press conference in the video conferencing.

Leader, social democrat, charismatic, Olof Palme was brutally gunned down on a sidewalk frozen in the centre of Stockholm on 28 February 1986, at the age of 59 years, while he was walking to the cinema with his wife, without bodyguards.

The name of Stig Engström, also known as “the man of Skandia”, the name of the company for which he worked at the time, is regularly featured in the media as a suspect. It was a conflict between the ideas of the left side of Olof Palme.

Arrived among the first on the scene of the crime, the authorities questioned him as a witness, but found it to be unreliable, as regularly changing version. He died in 2000.

The murderer of the prime minister of the time had managed to escape, taking with him the weapon of the crime. Thousands of people have been heard, dozens of others have claimed responsibility for the act, and the folder occupies 250 metres of shelves.

Christer Pettersson, a petty criminal with a drug addict, has been indicted for the murder in July 1989 after having been identified by the wife of Olof Palme, Lisbet during a presentation of suspects was highly criticized.

His testimony had been weakened by the conditions, fraught with irregularities, in which it had been collected. After having confessed the murder, this marginal was retracted. He died in 2004 and Lisbet in 2018.

Over the years, have also been suspected, among others, the Kurdistan workers ‘ Party (PKK, separatist kurdish and Turkish), the army and the police in sweden or the secret services south african — Olof Palme was highly critical of the policy of apartheid in the country.

The investigation could be reopened if new evidence appeared in the future.

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