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Palme assassination case to remain open

TT/The Local · 3 Feb 2010, 17:41

Published: 03 Feb 2010 17:41 GMT+01:00

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With a time limit for murder indictments currently set at 25 years, the search for Palme's killer had been due to come to an end in 2011.

But on Wednesday Sweden's parliament passed a bill exempting certain crimes from the statute of limitations. these include murder, manslaughter, human rights violations, genocide and terrorism. The new legislation comes into effect on July 1st this year.

As the new law will apply retroactively, murders committed by adult perpetrators in the last quarter century and onwards no longer have an expiry date for prosecution.

Olof Palme was shot dead on a main Stockholm thoroughfare on the evening of February 28th 1986 while walking home from a visit to the cinema.

Petty thief Christer Pettersson was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988 for the murder after being identified as the killer by Palme's wife, Lisbet. He was later released on appeal.

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No other suspect has ever been brought to trial in the case.

See also: Olof Palme - the controversy lives on

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18:13 February 3, 2010 by Nemesis
The comments on this should be good. Not.
18:20 February 3, 2010 by Renfeh Hguh
Go for it Trow :)
19:02 February 3, 2010 by Beynch
The hypocricy of the left is always mindblowing. How can any Swedish person of sound mind, and sense of fairness and democracy, say anything good about OP? He is in no small measure the cause of the failed multicultural cauldron Sweden is today. He was an unforgiving, bleary-eyed, intensely fanatical, marxist living in a socialist delusional world, which hopefully never again will be attempted as an acceptable life form. OP had his mind set on an orwellian social system. He absolutely detested anything even remotely smacking of free enterprise and, had he had his way, would have the State (capital 'S') controlling every aspect of personal life, and all means of production. Certainly the media. By all means, keep his case open, find the real killer, but do not mourne his absence from Swedish government.
19:10 February 3, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
For the record:

There is a myth in Turkey that seperatist group, PKK, killed Olof Palme. I mean when you grab a person in street, after some ABBA talks, everyone says "Oh, PKK killed him."

That's just a record, imho, whoever murdered such a good person; Olof Palme must have life time prisonment.
19:32 February 3, 2010 by Traveler2010
Do a little digging and I'm sure involvement of the Central Intelligence Agency or the Mossad, or both, will not be too far below the surface.
19:35 February 3, 2010 by nevon
Benych, you sound like a fair and impartial person of sound and unbiased opinion. I value your opinions on this matter greatly and believe they are representative of all reasonable people.

On an unrelated note, I have a mental image of NUTS in my mind now. A big basket of fresh NUTS. I'm not sure why.
20:30 February 3, 2010 by Beynch
nevon: You're too nice calling me impartial. I'm very much partial. Unbiased? I certainly have my biases. But what about "nuts"? Embellish will you?
21:15 February 3, 2010 by Beynch
@Trowbridge: You should stick to writing fantasy spy novels in the vein of Ian Fleming, or John LeCarré. You'd be good at it. SSU-Darling Führer Palme got hit because Swedes were sickened by his leninist left-leaning dictatorial antics, and were yearning for freedom. I don't think North, CIA or MI6 were interested in this self-serving, power hungry, insignificant mouse that roared. OP was a comic book charicature of himself.
21:21 February 3, 2010 by wxman
The CIA has far more important things to do than concern themselves with an effin socialist Swede. Get over yourselves; you're just not that important.
21:26 February 3, 2010 by sissygirl
Since I was 12 years old and living in the US when all this occurred, my opinion may not mean anything BUT the man was murdered. A murder should not be dropped because the criminal was smart enough to get away for 25 years. Even if OP was a Marxist.
23:22 February 3, 2010 by Traveler2010
"The CIA has far more important things to do than concern themselves with an effin socialist Swede. Get over yourselves; you're just not that important."

Wxman, I am an American. I think it's important not to be naive about what the CIA is capable of. You have to think like the CIA. The CIA thinks the entire world is their oyster and they have the God-given right to manipulate everything and anything in any way they deem appropriate. Nothing is off the table, there are no rules (other than don't get caught).

I think the agents of the CIA who are trained to do this sort of thing would take great, great professional pride in having the privilege of being involved in an operation of this magnitude. They took out a foreign Head of State. That's a real feather in their cap in their world.
23:48 February 3, 2010 by Buccaneer

"The hypocricy of the left is always mindblowing. How can any Swedish person of sound mind, and sense of fairness and democracy, say anything good about OP? He is in no small measure the cause of the failed multicultural cauldron Sweden is today".

You are not only an extreme right wing nut, but you are also unbelievably dumb. So you think it was ok for a man to be killed because you do not agree with his policy?

I would have more respect for you if you would come out and say what you really are. No respect for you when you hide sane people and act like one. Hope you are keeping your hOOd clean? Tell me what you think about immigrants and the failed apartheid regime. While you are at it,please try to make a case for the influence of immigrants on the situation of Saab and Volvo.

How could you not understand when someone calls you out for what you are? What Nevon did was that he deplomatically called you a nut. Do you now get the message? After saying you were impartial, he began to have the image of Nuts in his head. lol. Do you still need someone to Embellish your stupid mind? Assuming you have a mind.
00:48 February 4, 2010 by Beynch
@Buccaneer: You're attributing things to me that I did not say. A classic left wing tactic. Read my comments again It is you and your ilk in the media who has created a situation where you can no longer believe what you read. I'm just no fan of Palme and what he did to Sweden. And I did not defend his assasination. I said "..find the real killer..". But thanks for the explanation of "nut". Now I know. Do you really think I'm "stupid"? Or do you simply not agree with me. That's what's called democracy. Thankfully we still have the opportunity to express diverging opinions, something OP did his best to put an end to.
01:52 February 4, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Sigh...anyone really interested in should go to:


and see the long list of people who *claimed* to have done it as disparate as the Red Army Faction and Apartheid elements out of South Africa........

I personally think the mistaken identity scenario makes as much sense as any...the World is an ironic place....................
03:29 February 4, 2010 by Davey-jo

How right you were ....
03:34 February 4, 2010 by Greg in Canada
Beynch & Trow, you two guys are something else.

The case should be kept open. Let's just hope it gets solved someday.
06:54 February 4, 2010 by Uncle
Oh, my god Trowbridge.

Run, run now and get your prize of 50 million SEK because you uncovered the real culprits! I hope that the Local Mossad agents will not be able to remove your posts too fast! I have also heard that a certain South African person (ex-recce) is sitting outside your apartment in a car. Do not look! Do not look... Slowly look outside through the mirror...

You will make it if you will take the back door...

Oops, sorry, is it medication time now? I will not bother you and the sweet nurse. Yes, and the computer is for EVERYBODY on the floor, remember?
10:43 February 4, 2010 by calebian22

Hilarious. 50 million SEK will buy a lot of tin foil for Trowbridge's helmets.
12:32 February 4, 2010 by don't know what to say
...whoever did it really achieved something,to destroy not only a man's life,an important person anyway,but also to destroy a hope for a better world...I wish that this question will be some day cleared up even if I am not very optimistic about it.It could be that one day this question is discovered because Palme was a symbolic personality and his dissapearence apart from awaking all kind of speculations really brings an historic end of a historic movement, in some way.The european left had an orientation with him...and his lost means that...a lose of orientation in a world wich converges into so called neoliberal ideas and pragmatism...if that was the right way,everyone decides on himself(sorry herself as well).
13:20 February 4, 2010 by Uncle
Now, now Trowbridge.

I can see that the red pill was not swallowed again... Didn't we talk about it? Remember what happened the last time you did not want to swallow it because it makes you drowsy?

Remember how lonely it was in the CIA prison after your failed attempt to rescue some prisoners from Guantanomo, who were not Taliban, but high ranking Contras who turned on US? Remember how Fidel himself got you out by agreeing to step off? How did it feel then? Mmm?

And the time before that, when you had to shoot Kennedy because he was actually an alien agent? Remember how scared you were when transported to Alpha Centauri?

No arguments... Please take the pill and go to sleep...
13:34 February 4, 2010 by calebian22
I am serious about alot of things, just not nutter conspiracies.

Here is some free advice. If you see a conspiracy everywhere you look, don't be surprised when no one takes you seriously.
15:28 February 4, 2010 by StuartM
It certainly seems most plausible to me that it was some sort of right-wing plot, either by the CIA/MI6, some neo-nazi maniac or a contract killing paid for by some wealthy member of the Swedish business elite. But that's of course pure speculation and I doubt we'll ever know for sure what happened.

What's clear though is that Palme was an extremely courageous, outspoken individual who represented a sort of idealism that is sadly lacking in much of today's politics. He was never silent when people were being exploited or oppressed anywhere in the world and worked ceaselessly to build a more just and equitable Sweden for all.

There's a collection of his speeches translated into English here: http://www.olofpalme.org/en/documents-in-various-languages

"We believe in democracy because a democratic system of government, in spite of all its shortcomings, provides an active participation and an everyday consideration of the individual which no despotism can ever dream of ever achieving. But democracy must never imply resistance against national liberty and social justice. It should be a road leading to the liberation of people. We do not wish to have a future where the rich, with the aid of force and oppression, shall guard their privileges. We want to have a world of equality in which everyone can live".
17:33 February 4, 2010 by calebian22

I called you a tinfoil helmet wearing nutter. Anyone who has followed your posts knows that this is not disinformation. Crazy makes me laugh though, so please don't go away.
18:31 February 4, 2010 by sissygirl
Um, George Wallace didin't die until 1998.
20:16 February 4, 2010 by Uncle
He meant William Wallace - the rebel scot from the 12th century. CIA conspired to kill him too with the help of Mossad. Luckily Trowbridge's correspondence with the king of England has stopped a total massacre of Scots.
03:29 February 6, 2010 by Davey-jo
Wonderful country, Sweden!
01:13 February 7, 2010 by veryprocanadian
They'll never close this case. Either they had the right guy all along, or the killer has vanished. Forget it. Very sad, what happened to Mr. Palme. So is the fact that murder had a statute of limitations. Never heard of that before...
19:57 February 8, 2010 by conboy
The failure of the Swedish police to carry out a proper forensic examination of the murder scene, the presence od Swedish police with links to the Nordiska Rikspartiet in a vehicle not far from the murder and their accquaintanceship with the man produced as a patsy in the shape of Christer Pettersson is the single biggest indication of local interest in the murder. The discrepancy between the autopsy and the reports of the emergency doctors who admitted Palme to hospital and tried to save his life is another. The subsequent Swedish inquiries under Hans Holmer and Ebbe Carlsson confirm the view that court clowns were given all the resources they required on a nod and wink basis to pursue a bogus investigation. How more effective way of intimidating potential witnesses while at the same time tiring out public opinion on the subject. The murder of Palme was premeditated - it was a conspiracy as it requirted control over the streets of Stockholm something only sections of the Swedish security forces could guarantee - the public silence of almost all public figures concerning this disgrace speaks volumes for what took place and what has not been confronted. The decision to allow the case to remain open indicates at least at this late stage that there are still politicians and officials in high office who understand the threat to Swedish democrarcy the murder represented as well as it's incredibly clumsy cover-up.
08:56 February 9, 2010 by johnnyrebel
When someone asks me...Who is your favorite Swede?...I dont hesitate to say OLOF PALME. A politician, but a rare one. Educated in the US at university in Ohio, hitchhiked across the US and carried on an ongoing discussion with Walter Reuther of the UAW. He was thusly influenced by the great divide between the riches and the masses which had a great influence on his being and his pursuit of justice and the truth. A powerful influence at the UN...when he spoke everyone listened. A devote opponent to the Vietnam War. He loved to play tennis.

Speaking of truth...Trowbridge, speaking the truth in todays world is a revolutionary act. Not that any of us can truly know the truth because that kind of info is restricted. Most of the morons will settle for...truthiness, flatout lies or even pure fantasy. Usually the TV or the newspaper is enough to pacify them.
21:57 February 9, 2010 by conboy
Well my spelling could have been a lot better and I tend to still believe that the murder was carried out primarily by people who are Swedes something I know you primarily don't buy into. However having said that the lifting of the statute of limitations on the murder indicates that at least one of us have not been wasting our time. What fascinates me is who in the current Government Beatrice Ask? or which civil servants favour the prospect of a successful investigation and why now? Many Moderates were overjoyed privately at the Palme murder at the time and perhaps have subsequently sobered up now when they see the residual marker it has left both in terms of the future as well as historically. As for the the Brit/US Intel community their record speaks for itself but the convenience of the Gunnarsson/Cedengren/Tingström Baseball Liga aka Norrmalms piket styrka with their political enthusiasms still resonates most strongly in the context of the murder. Still I could be wrong however what I am convinced of is that the Swedish public were sold a pup and it has left a frightened society and a less democratic one in it's wake.
17:13 February 10, 2010 by conboy
I like to keep it simple Trow thats the kind of guy I am. Pettersson on his death bed told Gerd Fylking he did not commit the murder. Now why would a dying man lie? If the cops started there alone it would be a start - it suggests that there are still a lot of nervous people still in public life who are working awfully hard at keeping the lid on this - all the more interesting given the fact that it is a conservative Government which has lifted the statute of limitations. As for the Intel angle - it just gets too complicated for regular people. No offence ok?
11:56 February 16, 2010 by andorsolsson@gmail.com
The murder is known. There are witness. A right extremist policeman. Now chair no 248 in the swedish parliament, for the Right party.

It was a gang of policemen, military and other extremist. Charles Morgan CIA. It was (close to) a coup d´eta.

The inhabitants still suffer.
21:08 February 25, 2010 by conboy
Make an official police complaint then!
22:28 February 17, 2011 by elzo springer
2 Dutchmen investigated for years the Palme case and 2 murders in Netherlands and France. Full corporation from many sides but not from Sweden. How come? Who knows? We'll be in Stockholm soon. Look at youtube-site of elzospringer1
22:39 February 17, 2011 by elzo springer
Third attempt on the Forum: unlike all other "traces" only one trace shows connection with murders before (in Sweden) and after (Netherlands and France). Piece of cake for good investigators. Come on Swedish policemen and investigators: pick up the right trace.
21:35 February 25, 2011 by Observant
What a lot of ignorance has been written in these comments here on the former Prime Minister Olof Palmé.

It is a fact that EVERYBODY is loved and hated almost in equal measure.

Olof Palmé helped me on an important issue for which I will be eternally grateful. He was a good person and NO person deserves to die in such a manner.

Investigations should be concentrated on the former SÄPO Chief at the time, Åke Hjälmroth, and the SÄPO Operations Chief at the time, PG Näss and the SÄPO guard that was assigned to Palmé's security the night of the assassination. This SÄPO guard was relieved of his duty that night by Olof Palmé as Mr. Palmé wanted to be out for the evening with his wife - hence the fact that he did not have a SÄPO guard following him that evening.

The intelligence and methods used by the Swedish Police in this investigation has been an utter disgrace and shows how totally inept they are at such an investigation.

Nine days after the assassination I personally wrote to the then Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson with copies of my letter to the then Justice Minister, Stig something or other from memory, and to Hans Holmér the Senior Police Investigating Officer informing them how they should investigate this assassination. The Swedish Police had already refused assistance from Britain's Scotland Yard, the American FBI and the then Russian KGB and the French and German Security Services on the pretense that they (Swedish Police) have all the necessary expertise to solve this case.

Some expertise and 25 years later all they could come up with is prosecuting the WRONG person who was later freed on appeal.

After I wrote my letter to the PM and JM and the Police Officer leading the investigation I received a visit from the police who questioned me about the murder of Olof Palmé. The police, who were probably just out of puberty, asked me where I was that particular evening.

I told them that I was in Sveavägen that night but they should be more interested where I was at the TIME of the murder to which I told them that I was at home. Afterall on a Friday evening there would have been several thousand people in Sveavägen on that particular evening.

I offered the police to arrest me and take me in for further questioning. They refused and said that they believed what I told them. How the hell could ANY responsible law enforcement official make such a stupid statement without checking up what he was told. THAT proved to me with investigators like THAT no person would EVER be brought to justice for this assassination becasue the Swedish Police just wasted time, tax payer's money and effort in questioning the WRONG person(s).

Well 25 years have certainly proved me right and I can safely state that they will never solve this case in 125 years.
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