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Yugoslav assassin killed Olof Palme: report

Yugoslav assassin killed Olof Palme: report

Published: 17 Jan 2011 17:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Jan 2011 17:27 GMT+01:00

The murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was carried out by a contract killer hired by Yugoslav security services, according to German media reports.

Swedish police say, however, that they already know of the man's existence and have excluded him from their investigations.

The report, published on Monday in the German weekly news magazine Focus, is based on previously unreleased testimony with former Yugoslav security service officer Vinko Sindicic, now 67.

In a 2008 interrogation by German prosecutors, Sindicic said that Belgrade sent a Hamburg-based assassin to Stockholm to kill Palme.

Palme, who was gunned down the evening of February 28th, 1986 on Sveavägen in central Stockholm, had reportedly been shadowed round the clock by Yugslav security agents.

The murder weapon, a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum, has never been found. According to Focus, the gun was smuggled to Sweden on a boat from the United States.

The magasine also reports that Palme’s killer, now 65, lives in Zagreb, Croatia and works for a private security firm.

The head of the Swedish police taskforce charged with investigating Palme’s still-unsolved killing, Stig Edqvist, told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper that his team has been aware of the information for some time.

“This came to our attention already in 1988 and since then we’ve followed it up quite thoroughly and been in contact on several occasions with the person who provided the information,” Edqvist told the newspaper.

While his team decided to stop pursuing the lead several years ago, he said that if the Focus report contained new information “which makes us rethink things, obviously we will.”

“Nothing is set in stone,” he told SvD.

Previous testimony from Sindicic helped German authorities solve a case involving a the 1983 killing of a Yugoslav dissident, according to Focus.

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Your comments about this article

18:18 January 17, 2011 by Nemesis
The conspiracy theories about this should be lovely and deranged.
18:34 January 17, 2011 by johnny1939
The Swedish police are useless. Many of us have an idea who killed Palme.
21:36 January 17, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
comprehensive arrest warrant pls !
21:49 January 17, 2011 by Rolle
Whatever. Conspiracy theories sorrounding Palme's assassination will never ever stop
23:56 January 17, 2011 by Ivan Juric
If this person was an assasin he should be made to face justice and not be protected by those former communists in Zagreb. His likes were used often to assisnate people in the Croatian diaspora for being anti communist. He should be made to answer questions on Olaf Palme and any Croatians that may of fallen victim to him and his ilk.
01:32 January 18, 2011 by JoeSwede
What is the motivation of the killer or those who hired the killer? Why would a bunch of yugoslavians want to kill the Swedish PM?
05:37 January 18, 2011 by MarkinBoston
by JoeSwede

What is the motivation of the killer or those who hired the killer? Why would a bunch of yugoslavians want to kill the Swedish PM?

Good question. Bad article.
08:05 January 18, 2011 by csence
Its called the mob. A hit by the Swedish and Russian mob who's "business" got interfered with by Palme.... they tend to hire outside hitmen.
10:40 January 18, 2011 by Localer
just wondering, who and why they killed Palme ? was it something bad done by him ?
11:57 January 18, 2011 by johnny1939
To Localer Palme was hated by many of his own countrymen for reasons too many to get into here. He was also disliked internationally for his stand on the Palestine problem.
13:01 January 18, 2011 by here for the summer
This article is about the possibility that the former Yugoslav government ordered the hit on Palme. I can't find any articles on why the former Yugoslav government was motivated to do this. The Yugoslav mob is a more recent problem as I understand it and didn't exist back then. Can anyone point me to articles ?
14:22 January 18, 2011 by cogito
Why this need to romanticize politicians by attributing political motives and international conspiracies to their killers?

Palme was murdered Christer Petterson, a drunk and a symbol of the Swedish model.
16:18 January 18, 2011 by Tanskalainen
These silly theories have gone too far. Palme was killed by Eva Brunne as part of a wiccan ceremony.
00:34 January 19, 2011 by theTRUTH4u
Palme was killed by one of the followers of the spooky cult scientology which promotes Dianetics or Dianetik in Swedish. Stay away from that brain washing money sucking cult.

Here's the killer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christer_Pettersson

http://www.american-buddha.com/cult.olofpalmeassassinationwiki.htm
12:03 January 19, 2011 by conboy
Great to see that there are still blue-eyed liberals pushing the Christer Pettersson myth - the man denied his involvment on his death bed to his friend and journalist, Gerd Fylking, strange behaviour for a man who according to a corrupt and incompetent police force along with their hooray henry cheer leaders; not only killed Swedens last socialist Prime Minister but also triggered the dramatic political, economic, and social transformation of Sweden.
07:05 January 20, 2011 by theTRUTH4u
Who paid him and set him up to admit to the murder then, that he later on his death bed confessed that he didn't do?

It smells rotten fish and corruption far away and someone is not telling the truth. The media is doing a great job confusing it and actually covering it up. Who is covering up for who?

We well never know . . .
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