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February 2, 1987 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
The clump of roses on the busy Stockholm sidewalk seems a modest memorial to Sweden's best-known statesman and late prime minister, Olof Palme. But in the months since last Feb. 28, when an assassin's bullet killed Palme as he walked home from a movie theater with his wife, countless thousands of Swedes have come to stare at the flowers that mark the spot where their prime minister fell.
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September 27, 1996 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eugene de Kock, a former death squad leader, dropped another courtroom bombshell Thursday by implicating an apartheid-era South African spy in the still-unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme a decade ago. De Kock said "Operation Long Reach"--the now-defunct South African military intelligence project headed by operative Craig Williamson--"played a role" in the murder of Palme, a staunch apartheid foe.
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June 8, 1988
Swedish Justice Minister Anna-Greta Leijon resigned in an uproar over her authorization of a secret investigation into the slaying of Prime Minister Olof Palme in February, 1986. The resignation forestalled a no-confidence motion in Parliament that Ingvar Carlsson, Palme's successor, appeared certain to lose.
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October 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
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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.
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August 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
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