Stieg Larssons hemliga Palmespår

Vid sidan av arbetet med Millienniumtriologin och granskningen av högerextrema jobbade succéförfattaren och journalisten Stieg Larsson även med en egen utredning av Palmemordet. I en serie artiklar berättar SvD om Stieg Larssons utredning och går vidare i hans spår där vi finner nya uppgifter om mordet. Här kan du bläddra bland artiklarna.

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Bertil Wedin: ”I am not the murderer”

Stieg Larsson gave the police a tip about him and South African agents named him after the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme. Still the Swedish investigators have not been able to arrange a formal interview with him in 27 years.
The alleged go-between Bertil Wedin is today talking to SvD about the accusations.
“After the murder I thought: will I be a suspect?”

Bertil Wedin.

Bertil Wedin.

FOTO: Jan Stocklassa

Constantly under investigation, several times pointed out. But never properly interviewed by the Police.

The elegant and nowadays 73 years old Bertil Wedin came to the surface in the Palme inquiry almost immediately after the murder on February 28th interest because of his connections with Security Service of the South African Apartheid regime.

Today SvD could reveal that the world-famous crime writer and journalist Stieg Larsson named Bertil Wedin in the autumn of 1987 as a possible go-between in the murder of Palme.

Stieg Larsson had come across extensive documentation on Bertil Wedin which he compiled and sent to the Police in a memorandum. His partner Eva Gabrielsson says to SvD that all the time up to his death in 2004 Stieg Larsson had suspicions about Bertil Wedin.

Other persons have also pointed at Wedin as a go-between, as the one planting the false trail about Kurdish PKK and for spreading negative propaganda about Palme for a long time after the murder. Since November 1985 he lives in north Cyprus, a nation recognised by nobody and who lacks extradition treaties with everyone.

“Well, I disliked Olof Palme quite a lot, but I did not hate him”, he says.

SvD is meeting with Bertil Wedin close to his home in Kyrenia. We are sitting in the elegant but slightly worn-down Dome Hotel, the same place where Wedin was interviewed by the world press in 1996 when he and the super spy Craig Williamson were alleged to be involved in the murder of Palme. The waiter is wearing a black tie, worn to a shine, and is chatting in a familiar tone with the guests.

A mild breeze is sweeping in from the Mediterranean. Bertil Wedin’s eyes are ice-blue , cold and vigilant.

“I have nothing to lose from the truth coming out since i am luckily enough not the murderer and had nothing to do with it all.”

In spite of the fact that he has appeared in inquiries for 28 years, no formal interview has ever been conducted by Swedish Police. A telephone call is the closest the investigators have been.

“A policeman called in 1996 after I had fappeared in the press in connection with South Africa. He was a bit loud and easy-going and talked about a permit. I said ‘you don’t need a permit, just come.’ But they never came.”

SvD is talking to him for three days going through Stieg Larsson’s memo page by page. In the document it is stated that Bertil Wedin had been a mercenary, had worked for BOSS, the South African Security Service since the 70’s and for was one of the “top pro killers” in Europe.

“All these pieces of information are false…except then one about me living with my wife in Cyprus. OK?”

One of the sources says that Wedin is “one of the nastiest persons” he has met in his many years working against right wing extremism. That he was supposed to have murdered several people, among them the anti-Apartheid activist Ruth First, one of Olof Palme’s friends, who was killed by a bomb.

“I have heard about the letter bomb, of course, but it was completely unknown to me. And I think it is a terrible thing.”

Wedin goes on reading, sniffing at the content and commenting some statements.

I am aware of my reputation; right wing man and Conservative, not liking Palme and more, but I have done nothing of all this.

Bertil Wedin

“They say ‘no smoke without fire’ but there is nothing in this. I am aware of my reputation; right wing man and Conservative, not liking Palme and more, but I have done nothing of all this. Not a single thing. And no one has asked me to do anything either.”

Stieg Larsson was not alone in his suspicions: there were several tips directly after the murder and ten years later South African security agents pointed a finger at Wedin as involved in the murder.

Bertil Wedin left Sweden in 1975 and moved to Great Britain. He worked among other things as a journalist but was also paid by the South African Security Service. He was charged, accused of breaking into the office of an anti-Apartheid movement in London, but was later acquitted.

Three months ahead of the murder of Olof Palme he moved with his family to northern Cyprus .

“I wanted to lead another life. Many people I know in this sphere have sooner or later grown tired of it, wanted to do something else.”

He says that he tried several times to give Swedish authorities a tip on who was behind the murder. He contacted embassies and the Palme inquiry, but nobody wanted to receive his information.

“I had names that I believed were the gun man’s or the name of the Master Mind”, Bertil Wedin says.

However he does not want to disclose those names today.

In the memo from Stieg Larsson it is stated that Bertil Wedin went to South Africa in February 1986, shortly before the murder of Olof Palme.

Were you in South Africa at the time?

“I was not.”

He says he was in Cyprus when he heard the news from the BBC World Service on March 1st.

“Later I thought: will I be a suspect?”

The reason was that he was “a little anti-Palme”.

Today, 28 years on, he is no longer particularly interested in talking to the Police, neither to offer tips, nor to straighten out question marks.

“I would prefer not to. But I would consider it, of course, but it seems so meaningless.

TIME LINE – The Palme Murder Inquiry

1986: Olof Palme is assassinated, shot in the street corner of Tunnelgatan and Sveavägen in Stockholm on February 28th

1986: He is declared dead at 00:06 AM at Sabbatsberg Hospital. A “National Alarm” is called at 02:05 for two men, as mentioned by Mrs Lisbeth Palme who was with her husband.

1986: “The 33-year old”, Victor Gunnarsson, is taken into custody in March on suspicion of murder but is releasedafter a month.

1987: The trail of Kurdish PKK fails and Police Commissioner Hans Holmér resigns. Major resources are devoted to investigating people on the extreme right, among others Alf Enerström, Anders Larsson and Victor Gunnarsson. The main theory is that extremists have been used by the South African Security Service.

1988: Hans Ölvebro takes charge of the inquiry concentrating the investigations towards a lone perpetrator. In December Christer Pettersson is taken into custody on suspicion of having murdered Olof Palme. Lisbeth Palme says she recognises him.

1989: Christer Pettersson is found guilty of murder by Stockholm District Court. The court is not unanimous. In July Christer Pettersson is acquitted by a unanimous Appeal Court. There is no technical evidence, no witnesses and no motive. However he is not taken off the inquiry.

1994: The Suspect Profile points to a lone man with troubled personality, between 35 and 38 years old. Victor Gunnarsson is murdered in the USA.

1996: The South Africa trail bursts into the public domain. South African agents point at their own colleagues and at Bertil Wedin.

1997: The Prosecutor-General appeals to the Supreme Court for a new trial of Christer Pettersson. New facts have emerged.

1998: The Supreme Court rejects the demand.

2004: Christer Pettersson dies of injuries to the head in connection with a fall.

2011: 25 years after the murder of Olof Palme the period for prosecution has been changed meaning that the inquiry will go on at least until all with possible involvement are dead.

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