October 13, 1989 |
An appeals court Thursday freed a man convicted of killing Prime Minister Olof Palme, ruling that there was not enough evidence to find him guilty of the crime that traumatized Sweden. Christer Pettersson, 42, who maintained his innocence throughout his sensational trial, walked away from Kronoberg prison hours after the Svea Appeals Court threw out his July conviction.
September 19, 1989
The widow of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, questioned directly by the man convicted of killing her husband, said there is no chance he is innocent. "Unfortunately, there is no doubt," Lisbeth Palme said at an appeals hearing in Stockholm. She identified Christer Pettersson as the only person in sight on the downtown street corner where Palme was shot to death on the night of Feb. 28, 1986. Pettersson, who has repeatedly denied that he was near the site of the slaying, was convicted in July.
August 19, 1989 |
An appeals court on Friday agreed to a new trial for Christer Pettersson, who was convicted in the slaying of Prime Minister Olof Palme, the national TT news agency said. Pettersson, a 42, was sentenced to life in prison last month after his conviction. He denied shooting Palme and appealed. The prosecution also appealed because it wanted to convict Pettersson of attempted murder in the wounding of Palme's widow, Lisbeth.