About the murder of Olof Palme

On the 10 June 2020, Swedish chief prosecutor Krister Peterson named a deceased person as the main suspect for the murder of Olof Palme in 1986 and announced that the official investigation will be closed. Many have been critical agaist this, for example the journalist Nils Funcke (this link and all further links in this post are to content in Swedish).

Chief prosecutor Krister Peterson on Swedish Television, 10 June 2020

Another who is critical is Ingvar Widell, who went to Stockholm after the murder took place. He is now a board member of Accoun and was interviewed on the 27 July 2020. In the interview he explains about his experience the night of the murder, including the lack of action from the police and misleading information about this. Below, you can listen to the interview in Swedish (29 minutes long, or download the 13 MB mp3 file).


He thinks some from the police and military can have been involved in the murder, which is an opinion that is held also by others (for example, see what we at Accoun have written about Palme before).

The investigation is said to be Sweden’s costliest police investigation ever, estimated to about 600 million SEK. An interesting question is what was done with this money? During the beginning of the investigation, some of it was spent on very expensive bodyguards to protect Hans Holmér, who was then the chief of the special Palme investigation unit. Also, one of the bodyguards spent over a million SEK of taxpayers money to buy special equipment, such as submachine-guns, for the bodyguards. All the equipment the bodyguard purchased from one company, Strateg Protector AB, which was operated by a former policeman, suspected of being involved in the murder, and a former military. Thus, the Swedish police may even have spent some of the money to pay (the company of) someone involved in the murder. One of Holmér’s bodyguards has later been accused to have commited another murder.

There is also information that Palme called for his Säpo bodyguards on the evening of the murder, but couldn’t reach them, so despite known threat against Palme no bodyguard was protecting him or his wife when he was shot dead and she was lightly wounded.