Justice concludes the investigation into the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme

More than thirty years after the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, Swedish justice has announced that it will end the investigation, and the main suspect, Stig Engström, an opponent of the head of government, died in 2000.

It is a mystery from over 30 years. Who shot Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme on February 28, 1986 on a street in Stockholm? After three decades of investigation, the Swedish judicial system announced Wednesday, June 10, that the main suspect is Stig Engström, also known as “the man from Skandia”.

This opponent of Olof Palme’s leftist ideas had appeared regularly in the media and arrived among the first on the crime scene from the Skandia insurance company where he was employed, the authorities asked him as a witness but considered “” unreliable as it is regularly changed.

But Stig Engström is dead in 2000, it is impossible to accuse him. Prosecutor Krister Petersson therefore announced that the investigation was now complete.

Stig Engström “has died, so I can’t prosecute or even question him, which is why I decided to end this investigation,” Krister Petersson said at a video conference press conference. However, the survey can be reopened if new elements emerge in the future.

A murder that had shaken the country

Olof Palme, a charismatic leader for social democrats, was shot cold on a frozen sidewalk in central Stockholm on February 28, 1986, aged 59, while walking home from the cinema with his wife unattended. At present, Sweden has “lost its innocence”, according to a popular expression.

His killer managed to escape and took the murder weapon with him. Thousands of people were heard, dozens more claimed responsibility for the act and the file now contains 250 meters of shelves.

Police were heavily criticized for their lack of seriousness and the dangerous paths they had taken at the expense of more professional work conducted at the beginning of the investigation. The night of the drama, she had not properly completed the crime scene, destroyed potential evidence, a boomer that still haunts investigators today.

Christer Pettersson, a small drug addict, was eventually charged with the murder in July 1989 after being identified by Olof Palme’s wife Lisbet during a highly criticized presentation of suspects. His testimony had been weakened by the circumstances, damaged by the irregularities in which he had been taken. After admitting the murder, this margin had been withdrawn. He died in 2004, and the Prime Minister’s widow, who formally acknowledged him, died in 2018.

Over the years, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Swedish army and the police or the South African Secret Service have also been suspected, among others – Olof Palme was very critical of the politics of apartheid in the country.

He was a great speaker and had taken a stand against the Vietnam War and nuclear energy. He also supported the communist governments in Cuba and Nicaragua. In Sweden, where he was prime minister from 1969 to 1976, since 1982 to 1986, he lays the foundation for equality.

With AFP