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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Reuter) - A self-confessed apartheid killer said Saturday he knew the identity of the man who assassinated Swedish Prime Minister Olof
Palme in 1986.
Dirk Coetzee, stoking the growing belief in a South African connection to Palme's unsolved murder, told Swedish television that the killer lived in Mozambique.
``There is no doubt that South Africa was behind the murder of Olof Palme, no doubt at all,'' said Coetzee, who is due to stand trial in December for a murder he has
already confessed to carrying out as an apartheid hit squad leader.
Coetzee said the man was connected with Craig Williamson, accused in a Pretoria court Thursday of being behind Palme's murder.
The man who made the accusation, Eugene de Kock, was Coetzee's successor as head of the hit squad. Williamson has denied the charges.
Coetzee, asked by a Swedish television reporter if his information was based on hearsay, acknowledged he did not have first-hand information about the man he accused
of carrying out the assassination.
``Hearsay is exactly what we work with in the secret police,'' he said.
Coetzee appealed to Swedish authorities to take the new information on Palme's murder seriously. ``What I am saying now will be confirmed 100 percent. You will
come back to me and tell me ``now we know you are speaking the truth'.''
The Swedish news agency TT quoted Coetzee as telling the South African newspaper Beeld Saturday that 80 or 90 South African agents took part in the planning for
Both De Kock and Coetzee spoke of ``Operation Long Reach,'' a plan by apartheid-era hit squads to eliminate high-profile opponents of South Africa's apartheid regime.
Palme, a fiery orator well-known for defending Third World minorities, was a vocal enemy of apartheid.
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