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Cops open hotline on Palme killing anniversary

Published: 28 Feb 2013 10:59 GMT+01:00

The Palme Group (Palmegruppen) within the police's criminal investigation unit will be on stand by to answer the phone between 3pm and 10pm on Thursday.

"There can be people who have thoughts on the matter who never contacted us because they assumed others would have said the same thing," investigative officer Dag Andersson wrote on the police website.

"It is better to get in touch one time too many than one time too few. All tip offs and all information is interesting."

Palme was gunned down on Sveavägen as he and his wife walked home from a late night screening of the film The Mozart Brothers. The killing has spawned myriad conspiracy theories but no one has ever been jailed for the murder.

The Social Democrat prime minister was an outspoken critic of the war in Vietnam and apartheid in South Africa, among other international issues, as well as the leader of the workers movement in Sweden.

Last year, a documentary about him showed in Swedish cinemas, with a longer version split into a television series.

Also in 2012, the release of the feature film Call Girl divided opinion but brought Palme back into the limelight. Despite its director's claims that the film was fiction inspired by real events and the mood of a specific era in Swedish politics, many, including the Palme family, interpreted it as an accusation that Palme had bought sex.

The politician's death anniversary is usually honoured by his party, the Social Democrats, with their current leader Stefan Löfven placing a wreath on his grave in central Stockholm on Thursday morning.

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13:04 February 28, 2013 by StockholmSam
What a waste of resources. If anyone has anything to contribute, whether or not they have done so before, there are many ways in which they can get in contact with the right people without having to wait for a dedicated hotline. It isn't as if people do not know how to use the telephone. Whoever took the time to organize meetings in order to plan this initiative should be demoted because they are wasting our tax dollars.
21:33 February 28, 2013 by intrepidfox
StockholmSam

Too true, a waste of tax payers money on a 27 year old murder. It is a shame that they cannot use the same resources for the normal person that has lost a love one to violence.
16:27 March 8, 2013 by AdamVikingen
Very funny to read this today and just before i read that the very specific hotline you guys say is a waste of tax money, in fact has given great results! Waste of money? Nope :D
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