Netflix sued over a series depicting the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme

Willi Brandt, Olof Palme and Bruno Kreisky in 1975. Photo: SPÖ Presse und Kommunikation on Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
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Streaming service Netflix is being sued for defamation over a drama series about the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

The lawsuit in Sweden concerns the portrayal of former advertising consultant Stig Engström as the killer in the series The Unlikely Murderer.

The series shows the then-52-year-old Engström shooting Palme and then covering up his actions by pretending to be a witness.

Now, claims are being made that this constitutes a “crystal clear case of defamation,” per legal documents that news agency AFP has been given access to. The documents have been sent to Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice, who will decide whether the lawsuit ends in court.

In its defense, Netflix is saying that the series is a fictional dramatization inspired by a book by crime reporter Thomas Pettersson, which came out in 2018.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet’s coverage of the murder that shook the country. Photo: Henrik Brameus on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

A mystery

The question of who killed Olof Palme has, to much frustration, been unanswered for years. 

Swedish authorities closed the investigation in 2020, naming Stig Engström as the probable killer. As Engström died in the year 2000, there will never be a prosecution.

According to the Guardian, Palme’s son, Marten, told Swedish Radio he believed prosecutors had made the right call. “I think Engström is guilty. Given the current situation, I think it is reasonable to close the investigation,” he said.

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