″Palme Should be Shot Again,” Witness Says Defendant Shouted
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A witness testified on Thursday she saw Carl Gustaf Christer Pettersson, the man accused of shooting Prime Minister Olof Palme, shouting in a drunken rage and hailing Palme’s death.
She quoted Pettersson as saying last September that if Palme had not been dead already, he should be killed. Pettersson may have said he killed Palme, but she could not make out his exact words, said Sigrid Lovisa Malm.
Palme, Sweden’s four-term prime minister, was killed on a downtown Stockholm street on the night of Feb. 28, 1986, shortly after emerging from a movie house with his wife. Pettersson was arrested for the shooting last December.
Palme’s widow Lisbeth, who was grazed by a second bullet, was scheduled to testify on Monday after the court granted a list of her conditions, including excluding Pettersson from the courtroom. The court refused, however, to hear her in a closed-door session.
Mrs. Malm, 64, testified that she saw Pettersson at his suburban train station, ranting against Palme.
She said she was frightened by his drunken aggressiveness and could not distinguish whether he was saying ″jag″ (I) or ″man,″ (someone).
″I (or someone) shot Olof Palme. If he hadn’t been shot I (or someone) would shoot him again,″ Mrs. Malm quoted the defendant as saying.
The prosecution also produced a witness to contradict Pettersson’s alibi that he spent the evening at a gambling club and then went home.
Reinhold Julius Jansson, 60, countered Pettersson’s claim that he, Jansson and Lena Akerlund met at the club a few hours before Palme was shot.
Jansson said ″I can’t remember meeting either Christer or Lena that day.″ Asked if he thought Pettersson was lying, Jansson said, ″maybe he got the day wrong.″
Miss Akerlund, who also was called to the stand, said she did not trust her memory because ″I was constantly on drugs mixed with booze.″