Assassination of Olof Palme
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. Lisbet Palme was slightly wounded by a second shot. The couple did not have bodyguards at the time.
|Assassination of Olof Palme|
Flowers left at the site of the assassination on the following day
|Location||Sveavägen–Tunnelgatan, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Date||28 February 1986 |
23.21 (Central European Time)
|Weapons||Probably a revolver (.357 Magnum)|
|Deaths||1 killed (Olof Palme)|
|1 wounded (Lisbet Palme)|
The case remains unsolved and has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories. On February 18 2020 the Swedish chief prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Krister Petersson, announced that a likely assassin had been identified. They will announce more information before summer 2020. He also announced that if they cannot prosecute the suspect then they will end the investigation.
- The cost of the investigation stands at SEK 350 million, €38 million or US$45 million as of 25 February 2006.
- The total number of pages accumulated during the investigation is around 700,000. According to criminologist Leif G. W. Persson, the investigation is "the largest in global police history".
- The reward for solving the murder is SEK 50 million (approximately €5 million or US$7 million.)
- The investigation committee report (1999:88), p. 173 Archived 2 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine (PDF) (in Swedish)
- DN (25 February 2006). "Palmemordet i siffror" [Palme murder in numbers]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Persson, Leif G.W. (1 March 2009). "Borta men inte glömda". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 July 2010.
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