Police to question Tetra Pak heir on Palme: report

Swedish police will be questioning Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing about his alleged information about the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in the 1980s, according to a report in the Expressen newspaper.

Police to question Tetra Pak heir on Palme: report
Photo: Alan Davidson/Scanpix (file); Wikipedia

“I have met with the Palme group, but I won’t be disclosing what we talked about,” said deputy prosecutor-general Kerstin Skarp to daily Expressen.

The British Scotland Yard recently revealed that information regarding Palme’s murder had been found on the computer of deceased billionairess Eva Rausing.

The autopsy showed that Rausing had died of an overdose and her long lasting drug addiction was no secret, but finding her dead, husband Hans Kristian had hidden her body under a heap of clothes in a sealed room for 57 days, carrying on like normal.

The Tetra Pak heir was given a 10-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the charges of preventing the burial of his wife, and is currently being treated in a rehab clinic in London.

However, when British police searched Eva Rausing’s computer they found information regarding Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme’s unsolved murder from 1986.

Undisclosed sources have now revealed to daily Expressen that the Palme group want Swedish police to question Rausing at the clinic in London, but Scotland Yard has yet to confirm that such a request has been made.

Neither does Skarp want to disclose what the group decided when they met on Monday.

“We don’t usually follow separate leads. We are very careful who we contact,” said Skarp to Expressen.

According to the paper, Eva Rausing had previously contacted the Palme group with information she said she had received from her husband. At that time, however, the group decided that her information wasn’t credible.

Prime Minister Olof Palme, leader of the Social Democratic party, was gunned down by an unapprehended assailant on a street in Stockholm in February 1986. His murder has not yet been solved.

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Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing dead at 93

Swedish businessman Hans Rausing, credited with turning food packaging company Tetra Pak into a global giant, has died in England aged 93, his family said.

Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing dead at 93
Hans Rausing inherited Tetra Pak from his father Ruben Rausing. Photo: Peter Lyden
“Hans Rausing had exceptional drive, and right to the end a commitment to entrepreneurship in Sweden and around the world,” they wrote in a statement. He died on Friday.
His father, Ruben Rausing, co-founded a company in southern Sweden that was an early innovator in food packaging, seeking to move away from bulk sales of foods such as flour and sugar to consumers.
Ruben Rausing developed the first cardboard container in the shape of a tetrahedron — a shape made of four triangular sides, also known as a triangular pyramid. It is the shape that gave the company its name.
The new packaging was most notably used to sell milk, replacing glass bottles in a pre-plastic revolution for beverage packaging.
Born in 1926, Hans Rausing was appointed managing director of Tetra Pak International in 1954, and with his brother Gad led the company for four decades. 
He retired as president in 1993, having grown the company from seven employees to 36,000 and giving it a global presence.
Under the brothers' leadership, Tetra Pak continued to develop new packaging, creating sterile materials and new shapes, and designed machines for the ultra-high-temperature (UHT) pasteurisation of milk.
In 1991, Tetra Pak acquired Alfa Laval, a leading supplier of equipment for the agricultural industry, and the group became known as Tetra Laval. 
Rausing, who left Sweden for the United Kingdom in the 1980s for tax reasons, is estimated to have amassed a fortune of some $12 billion (11 billion euros), according to Forbes magazine.
Tragedy struck the family in 2012, when the businessman's daughter-in-law Eva died from a drug overdose aged 48. 
Her rotting corpse was found more than two months after her death under a pile of bedding in a room in the London home she shared with Rausing's son, Hans Kristian.  
He pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife, and received a 10-month sentence, suspended for two years.
He said he could not deal with her death. The couple had met at a drug addiction clinic.