The assassination of Olof Palme: Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated thirty years ago.
It was one night on Friday when he was returning from watching the film with his wife Lisbet when the killers shot him. He died as soon as he was shot.
To date, the murder case has not been solved. When Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India, there was a deal with Sweden’s arms company Bofors to provide the gun.
Many believe that his murder is linked to this arms deal of Bofors.
The assassination of Olof Palme, Who killed Sweden’s prime minister?
Olof Palme was elected Prime Minister of Sweden for the second time. Despite this, his most prominent feature was that he lived a simple life.
He often refused to take police protection. Even on the night of the murder, he went to watch the film like an everyday urban without any police protection. Olof Palme was also known for his impunity.
Even after shooting publicly in a crowded area of Sweden, their killers have not been detected. About a dozen people were also witnesses of this incident, who saw this murder happening in front of them.
After 34 years, the relevant authorities of Sweden have now announced that they will tell the results of the investigation in this incident in the press conference on Wednesday.
Chief Prosecutor Krister Peterson said on Sweden’s state TV channel, “I am hopeful that about the murder and responsible for it, it will be brought to the fore.”
There is no information about whether a case has been filed or the name of a suspect has been revealed. Still, it is expected that the police will finally solve this unsolved puzzle for decades and the stories of many conspiracies, But it will stop.
Doctor Jane Bondeson, the author of the book ‘Blood on the Snow: The Keeling of Olof Palme,’ states that, “It is like someone shooting Margaret Thatcher in the Piccadilly Circus and disappearing and never getting caught again.”. “
Olof Palme’s son Martin Palme was among the last to see him at the last minute. He said earlier this year, “The police have evidence, but they don’t want to bring it to the fore.”
“If anyone has some important clue and has not come forward yet, then this is the time to come,” he said in a conversation with Sweden’s Afterblatt newspaper.
Who was Olof Palme?
Olof Palme was born in 1927 in a high family. He joined the Social Democratic Party in 1949.
In 1969, he became the head of the party, replacing his mentor Tag Erlander. He was twice elected Prime Minister of Sweden.
He strengthened the workers’ organizations during his tenure. Expanded health services and made important decisions as a public welfare state.
He removed all the formal political forces associated with the monarchy. He also did important work in the field of education.
“Olof Palme is said to be following the footsteps of Tag Erlander. Tag Erlander trained him in politics. The tag was the founder of the public welfare state in Sweden.
Olof Palme,” said Sandstorm, secretary-general of the Olef Pam International Center, has carried forward his policies well.
He started nursery and pre-school. Allowed women to work for the first time and played an essential role in eradicating gender discrimination. “
He was also a loud voice internationally. He criticized both the US and the Soviet Union. He opposed the Soviet Union’s encroachment in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and compared the US bombing in North Vietnam to the Nazis’ camps during the Second World War.
Due to his decisions both at home and abroad, many of his enemies and supporters had also become.
Due to their corrective steps, the business class of the country was angry with them, while the leaders of the world were influenced by the foreign governments to hear the kiosks.
In an interview with the New York Times in 1973, he said, “I have no problem because you have to speak openly if the world wants to listen to you. I can’t be silent on any issue, nor can anyone keep me calm Can do it. “
How was Olof Palme Executed?
On 28 February 1986, the day Pam was killed, he had discharged the security personnel posted under his protection.
When he reached home, his wife asked him to go to the cinema. Lisbeth had already spoken to her son Martin about the ticket.
Martin also took cards for himself and his girlfriend. Olof Palme and her wife did not leave the house with their son. Olof Palme and Lisbet met Martin and his girlfriend around nine o’clock outside the hall.
Even after watching the film, both of them left home separately from their sons and their girlfriends.
Just then, passing a crowded street, at about 11:21, a tall man comes from behind Palme and shoots him in the back from Point Blanc range. After this, the second bullet kills Limbate.
The killer then runs across the road and disappears, climbing the stairway to the side street.
The whole of Sweden was shocked by the news of Olof Palme’s murder. Shallot Volstain was only 12 years old when his father told him that something very terrible had happened.
She says in a conversation with our sources, “We immediately switched on the TV. There was news of Pam’s murder on TV.
She remembers that candles were burnt in her school in memory of Olof Palme. She says, “When he was killed, politics was not the most important thing. Everyone was in shock. This had not happened in Sweden before.”
It seems that the police were also in shock. Police officials did not correctly cordon the site of the incident and kept the small area of the city closed for hours after the event.
The mourners kept going through there and offered flowers where Palm’s blood was still flowing. By the time the present witnesses were asked, they had gone. For a long time that one bullet could not be discovered, which was later spotted by a passerby.
What could be the reason for Olof Palme’s murder?
Doctor Jane Bondeson says that the bullets found at the scene of the incident showed that the killer used 0.357 magnum gun in the murder.
He says, “It is a mighty gun. If he had worn a bulletproof jacket, he would have been killed. So this attempt was made to kill him. It was completely planned.”
For the first time, the principal investigator felt that his murder had to do with the Kurdish extremist PKK. These extremists were fighting a guerrilla war against Turkey.
Pam’s government had declared this organization as an extremist organization.
In 1988 the police arrested a criminal named Christer Peterson. He murdered a man on the street of Stockholm for no reason, and he met the man who killed Pam near the cinema hall.
Even at the time of identification, Lizbet identified Peterson as the killer. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1989.
But his lawyer immediately appealed against this, and he was released due to the absence of any weapon and involvement in the murder.
He remained in prison for only three months. He was given 50 thousand dollars as compensation. Peterson died in 2004.
Deal to sell cannon to India
Many kinds of stories have come out about the murder of Olof Palme. A former South African police officer claimed in 1996 that Olof Palme was killed because he supported and voiced against the apartheid and gave funds to the African National Congress.
Swedish investigators also went to South Africa after this, but they did not find any other evidence other than this claim.
However, Doctor Jane Bondeson believes that Olef Pam’s murder was linked to India’s arms deal. In the eighties and nineties, Sweden’s arms manufacturer Bofors had an agreement to sell cannon to India.
But later, it was learned that Bofors had fed a bribe to many people in India to ensure the deal. In this, the name of the Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, was also revealed.
It was even heard in Indian courts for many years, but no result has been announced.
“It may be that Olaf would have found out on the day of the murder that Bofors rigged. This was a strong reason for middlemen involved in the Bofors deal to kill him,” says Bondeson. But police always ignored it. “
Apart from this, a Scandian person was also suspected. His name was Stig Angstrom. He used to work in an insurance company in Scandia.
The headquarters of this company was near the site of the incident. He was one of the 20 people who witnessed the murder. He killed himself in the year 2000.
Thomas Peterson, a Swedish journalist, first identified him as a suspect. He alleged that Engstrom had arms training and friendship with a man who had a collection of guns. He was also fond of magnum guns.
Angstrom had also given a false statement to help the Prime Minister at the time of the murder.
Bondesen states that “many Swedes believe that Angstrom must have been made into a goat. He was very short and weak in stature, while the killer was tall and strong.” One thing is that Angstrom Had never committed any murder. “
However, Bondeson does not have any particular hope from the press conference on Wednesday.