Sweden Halts Probe Into 1986 Murder of PM Palme

Sweden Halts Probe Into 1986 Murder of PM PalmeSweden Halts Probe Into 1986 Murder of PM Palme

Sweden on Wednesday dropped its investigation into the unsolved murder of former Swedish premier, Olof Palme, who was shot dead 34 years ago in downtown Stockholm.
Krister Petersson, the case’s chief prosecutor, said the case was being closed because the main suspect, Stig Engstrom, had died in 2000, AP reported.
Palme was gunned down on Feb. 28, 1986, after he and his wife Lisbet Palme left a movie theater in the Swedish capital.
Petersson said Engstrom, also known as the Skandiamannen for working in the nearby Skandia insurance company, had a strong dislike of Palme and his policies. He was one of the first at the murder scene and was briefly considered a possible suspect. 
“Since he has died, I cannot indict him,” Petersson told a news conference.
Several other witnesses gave descriptions of the fleeing killer that matched Engstrom while others said he was not even at the scene. 
Engstrom himself claimed to have been present from the beginning, spoke to Lisbet Palme and police, and attempted to resuscitate the victim.

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