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Illegal wiretap may solve Palme murder

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An illegal wiretap placed by Hans Holmér, the former head of the investigation unit in Stockholm, may solve the nearly two decade old murder of the Swedish Prime Minster, Olof Palme.

According to the magazine Se og Hør, the wiretap reveal that the members from the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) could have commited the murder.

The magazine got access to top secret, unpublished documents that Holmér just before his death last October, left to his dear friend Tore Sandberg, a Norwegian private investigator.

Holmér could not go public with the information regarding the 1986 murder because it was obtained illegally, and he was bound to observe the professional secrecy.

Wanted to hide the truth

“Hans Holmér’s investigation was regularly undermined by strong political powers that did not want the truth to be revealed, and this is the reason why the terrorists were never charged in this case,” said private investigator Tore Sandberg to Se og Hør.

The illegal group PKK fights a free and independent Kurdistan. The group was classified as terrorist organization by Swedish authorities in the 1980’s after they were behind a series of assassinations.

At first the PKK was not very central in Palme’s murder investigation, but after as the work continued, the evidence pointed more and more in that direction. The organization had among other things, issued a series of treats against Palme and Sweden.

One of the reason for this is that Palme classified PKK as an terrorist organization, and Sweden refused to give PKK members recidency.

According to information provided TV 2 Nettavisen, Hans Holmér decided to start the wiretap of a centrally located apartment in Stockholm in August 1986. The apartment was allegedly used by PKK members.

At the time, investigators had already bugged the phones of several of the PKK members without any luck. The bugging of the apartment started September 2, and according to information provided TV 2 Nettavisen, the monitoring of oral conversation continued for several months.

“Palme was hit by the first shot¿”

Today the magazine Se og Hør presents a four pages extract from the wiretap documents. This information has never been revealed before.

According to Se and Hør, PKK’s original plan was that Palme was to be assassinated before the movie showing on February 28, 1986; however, it was postponed to after the show.

“I went forward and looked and saw that it was Olof Palme. Afterwards, the car was brought around. I would have been arrested if certain variables had occurred. Just when he was going to shoot at 8:30 p.m., there were too many people there.”

However, the shoots were fired at 11:21 p.m., February 28, 1986.

“Palme was hit by the first shot and fell, but then, he shot one more time,” the PKK member allegedly said on the wire tap.

Refused to investigate

“Due to this wiretap, Hans Holmér and his investigators sat in motion a large operation. A lot people were supposed to be arrested,” Sandberg said to Se and Hør.

But the large operation was cancelled. The assistant director general of public prosecutions stopped it. Later it was forbidden to investigate the PKK, and Holmér had to withdraw from his position. He was later convicted of putting in an illegal wire tap.

“Hans Holmér was informed that it was almost forbidden to further investigate the PKK lead. The fact that the police did not follow up on the PKK lead appear completely incomprehensible to me,” said Tore Sandberg to TV 2 Nettavisen.

District attorney Agneta Blidberg in Stockholm said that she does not want to comment the case before she get the chance to read what Se and Hør published this morning.

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