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March 9, 1986
What is wrong with this world when a man like Olof Palme, who has worked so hard for peace and democracy, is coldly gunned down in a normally peaceful nation? EVA SHAW Venice
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NEWS
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1986 | MICHAEL HARRINGTON, Michael Harrington is co-chairman of the Democratic Socialists of America.
The horrible suddenness of Olof Palme's death meant that the obituaries in the American press were hastily assembled, and more one-dimensional than usual. There were the conventional words of praise for an assassinated leader, perhaps a reference or two to his determined opposition to America's role in Vietnam.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Czechoslovak playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel was named winner of the 1989 Olof Palme prize Monday in Stockholm for his struggle for human rights and "his consistent and courageous efforts to promote peace and democracy." The $15,000 prize, awarded annually since 1987 to promote peace and fight racism, was established by the assassinated Swedish premier's family and ruling Social Democratic Party. Palme was shot and killed in 1986.
NEWS
January 11, 1989 | From Reuters
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar was awarded the Olof Palme prize Tuesday and said the cash will be used to set up a scholarship for students to study peacekeeping. Perez de Cuellar received the $16,000 from Lisbet Palme, widow of the former Swedish prime minister and outspoken disarmament supporter who was slain by an unknown gunman in 1986. She said that Perez de Cuellar's devoted leadership of the United Nations has restored world hope for peace.
NEWS
June 9, 1989
Pope John Paul II met in Stockholm with the widow of Prime Minister Olof Palme, who established diplomatic relations between his country and the Vatican seven years ago. In his 15-minute meeting with Lisbet Palme, the Pope "spoke with warmth about Olof Palme's visits to the Vatican" before he was assassinated on a Stockholm street in 1986, said Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson, who attended the meeting. Sweden was the final stop in the Pope's five-nation tour of Scandinavia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Czechoslovak playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel was named winner of the 1989 Olof Palme prize Monday in Stockholm for his struggle for human rights and "his consistent and courageous efforts to promote peace and democracy." The $15,000 prize, awarded annually since 1987 to promote peace and fight racism, was established by the assassinated Swedish premier's family and ruling Social Democratic Party. Palme was shot and killed in 1986.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
A longtime criminal who prowled the streets of Stockholm in search of drugs and drink was convicted Thursday of murdering Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 and was sentenced to life in prison. Christer Pettersson was found guilty by a Stockholm District Court panel of two professional judges and six lay jurors. The two judges said there was not enough evidence to convict Pettersson, but they were outvoted by the lay jurors. A simple majority was needed for conviction.
NEWS
July 10, 1989 | From Reuters
Former drama student Christer Pettersson, the man accused of the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, delivered a polished speech today in which he loudly and self-assuredly reasserted his innocence. "My name is Christer Pettersson. I have not killed Olof Palme," Pettersson declared on the final day of his five-week trial.
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