Assassination of Olof Palme

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Assassination of Olof Palme
Palme Trauer 1986.jpg
Flowers left at the site of the assassination on the following day
LocationSveavägenTunnelgatan, Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates59°20′12″N 18°03′46″E / 59.3366°N 18.0628°E / 59.3366; 18.0628 (Olof Palme Assassination)Coordinates: 59°20′12″N 18°03′46″E / 59.3366°N 18.0628°E / 59.3366; 18.0628 (Olof Palme Assassination)
Date28 February 1986
23.21 (Central European Time)
TargetOlof Palme
Attack type
Assassination
WeaponsProbably a revolver (.357 Magnum)
Deaths1 killed (Olof Palme)
Non-fatal injuries
1 wounded (Lisbet Palme)
AssailantsUnknown

On Friday, 28 February 1986, at 23:21 CET (22:21 UTC), Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, was fatally wounded by a single gunshot while walking home from a cinema with his wife Lisbet Palme on the central Stockholm street Sveavägen.[1] Lisbet Palme was slightly wounded by a second shot. The couple did not have bodyguards at the time.

Christer Pettersson was convicted of the murder in 1988 after having been identified as the killer by Palme's wife. However, he was acquitted. Pettersson died in late-September 2004.

The case remains unsolved and has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories.

Hours after the assassination, Deputy Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson was sworn-in as the new Swedish Prime Minister.

Aftermath[change | change source]

  • The cost of the investigation stands at SEK 350 million, €38 million or US$45 million as of 25 February 2006.[2]
  • The total number of pages accumulated during the investigation is around 700,000.[2] According to criminologist Leif G. W. Persson, the investigation is "the largest in global police history".[3]
  • The reward for solving the murder is SEK 50 million (approximately €5 million or US$7 million.)[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. The investigation committee report (1999:88), p. 173 Archived 2 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine. (PDF) (Swedish)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 DN (25 February 2006). "Palmemordet i siffror" [Palme murder in numbers]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  3. Persson, Leif G.W. (1 March 2009). "Borta men inte glömda". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 July 2010.

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