Bertil Wedin

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Bertil Wedin (born 21 November 1940) is a Swedish former secret service agent who was accused in an English court, but acquitted, of the 1982 burglary of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) office in London.


Bertil Wedin's military experience includes service with the United Nations Forces in the Congo in 1963 and in Cyprus in 1964 and 1965, mainly as a Military Operations and Intelligence Officer. In 1967 he was appointed as the Director of the Swedish Industry Information Institute and as the Editor of its daily journal for industrialists and diplomats.

Having settled in England in 1976 he launched Industry International Research Institute and its weekly journal Industry International. He also worked with Brian Crozier, the strategist who had founded the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict and later also started a private sector intelligence service.[1]

Assassin of Olof Palme?

Peter Caselton: accusing Bertil Wedin, excusing Anthony White

In 1996, Bertil Wedin was named as a suspect in the assassination of Sweden's PM, Olof Palme, but has denied any involvement.[2]

His accuser, Peter Caselton – who with eight others including Craig Williamson had applied for amnesty from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the March 1982 bombing of the ANC office in London – was allegedly a member of an apartheid South Africa assassination squad. He was also suspected of bombing the ANC Stockholm office in 1986. Wedin denies involvement in any crimes.

Bernt Carlsson knew too much

According to Ole Dammegård in his book “Coup d’Etat in Slow Motion” about the Assassination of Olof Palme:

Swedish national, Bertil Wedin, who was recruited by South African superspy Craig Williamson, said:

“I have the names of businessmen who know a lot about this – many things the investigators would need to know. A lot of information has been silenced.”
“A diplomat (probably, Bernt Carlsson) knew about this, and told his friends in New York that he was afraid for his life. Some days later, he was one of the victims in the Lockerbie outrage of December 21, 1988, when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown to pieces over a small village in Scotland. In all, 270 people were killed. Bernt Carlsson was Palme’s closest co-worker in the mediating assignment between Iran and Iraq, and no doubt had insight into all aspects. At the time of his death, Bernt Carlsson – who was a sworn adversary of Apartheid – had just been appointed UN Commissioner for Namibia, and was seen as a serious threat by the white regime of South Africa.”

According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet of 30 April 1991, Bernt Carlsson’s American girlfriend, Sanya Popovic, was told by him shortly before the Lockerbie catastrophe:

“I am one of the four or five people who know what really happened to Olof Palme.”

Because Bernt Carlsson knew too much, he had to be removed. Investigations by the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, proved that in fact South African agents had placed a specially-prepared bomb in Bernt Carlsson’s small tape recorder. By blowing up a whole passenger plane in the air, the motive was hidden very effectively, because the investigators had no possibility of knowing which one of the passengers was the target.[3]

Northern Cyprus

Three months before the assassination of Olof Palme, Bertil Wedin with his British wife Felicity moved to Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus, an infamous haven for anybody who wanted to avoid being extradited.[4]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Gordon Corera travels to Stockholm to investigate the assassination of a prime ministerRadio programme28 July 2014Gordon CoreraIn BBC Radio 4's investigative history series - 'Document' - Gordon Corera investigates the assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme and explores what Britain knew, starting with boxes of documents including papers written by the late Stieg Larsson (deceased 9 November 2004)
Document:Olof Palme - The Man Who Played With Firebook review2020Simon MatthewsBernt Carlsson, a colleague of Olof Palme’s and UN Commissioner for Namibia 1987-1988, died in the Lockerbie bombing on 21 December 1988. Carlsson's presence on Pan Am Flight 103 has been cited as the reason it was bombed.


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