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The Swedish public prosecutor’s office refuses to reopen the investigation into the murder of Olof Palme

Swedish Attorney General Lennart Gune said Wednesday that there was no reason to reopen the preliminary investigation into the 1986 assassination of then Prime Minister of the country, Olof Palme, which has been closed since June.

In a statement, Gune said he had reviewed several appeals against the decision to end the investigation into the prime suspect’s death in the assassination and concluded that there were no reasons to reopen the investigation.

Palme was shot dead in central Stockholm on February 28, 1986, shortly after leaving a cinema with his wife Lisbet. His murder shocked Sweden and led to a major search for the alleged perpetrator. However, a number of errors made the investigation difficult from the start.

The Swedish public prosecutor’s office refuses to reopen the investigation into the murder of Olof Palme
The Swedish public prosecutor’s office refuses to reopen the investigation into the murder of Olof Palme

In June, prosecutor Krister Petersson identified a deceased Swedish national as the prime suspect in the murder and decided to stop the investigation as he was unable to bring charges against a dead person. The suspect, identified as Stig Engstrom, died in June 2000.

Engstrom worked as a graphic designer at Skandia Insurance Company, which had its office near the place where Palme was murdered. He was working late on the day of the attack. Petersson said several witnesses located Engstrom at the scene and agreed to tell how he was dressed.

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