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Crime

Gov't: Cold Cases Should Not Keep Cold

Published torsdag 8 oktober 2009 kl 11.12
Bullet found where Olof Palme was shot in 1986.

The Swedish government has proposed to do away with the statute of limitations for crimes like murder, manslaughter, and attempted murder. Under current legislation, a person cannot be prosecuted for a murder committed more than 25 years ago.

But the new law "will demonstrate that time can’t help a person get away with a crime,” parliamentarian Johan Pehrson told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

The proposal comes just a year and a half before Sweden’s most famous cold case—the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in February 1986—would reach the 25 year limit. The proposed law would apply not only to new crimes, but also to those that haven’t yet advanced past their particular limit, like the Palme murder.

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