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Likely Killer Claimed He Tried to Resuscitate Swedish PM

Prosecutors wrap up investigation, naming deceased suspect who arrived at scene
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2020 7:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities have a suspect in the 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme—but the unsolved case will now be closed. Those are just some of the developments shared Wednesday as chief prosecutor Krister Petersson wrapped up his investigation of the high-profile case that has been an "open wound" for Swedes for more than three decades. More:

  • "We have come as far as we can do with regards to this investigation," Petersson said at a news conference in Stockholm, per CNN. He said the main suspect was deceased, "therefore I am not able to start proceedings or even interview him," per the AP. "That is why I decided to discontinue the investigation."
  • That suspect is Stig Engström—no stranger to the case. He testified as a defense witness in the trial of petty criminal Christer Pettersson, who was convicted of Palme's murder in 1989. Pettersson—picked out of a lineup by Palme's wife—was later acquitted and died in 2004. Engstrom died by suicide in 2000 at age 66.

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