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Palme Coat to be Analysed for Killer’s DNA

Published måndag 20 februari 2006 kl 12.04
Olof Palme

A Swedish newspaper reports that the coat worn by Prime Minister Olof Palme on the night he was killed 20 years ago is to undergo advanced DNA testing.

Tuesday next week marks the 20th anniversary of the night Palme was walking home from a movie with his wife when an unidentified assailant gunned him down. According to witnesses, the killer, approaching from behind, put his hand on Palme’s shoulder before shooting.

The newspaper “Aftonbladet” reports that police now believe the coat could bear traces of the murderer’s DNA. The paper says the coat will be analyzed with help from the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham and Germany’s central police laboratory in Wiesbaden.

Christer Petterson, who was convicted for killing Palme, but freed on appeal, died a year and a half ago.

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