Probe into treatment of murdered Swedish foreign minister Lindh
Sweden is to review the medical treatment received by the murdered foreign minister Anna Lindh, following allegations she may have survived her fatal stabbing with better medical care, DPA reported.
Lindh was attacked in a Stockholm department store on September 10, 2003, and died the following day.
Calls for a review were raised after a recent television documentary questioned if Lindh was given the best possible treatment at the Karolinska University Hospital.
Lindh was operated on for more than nine hours.
Wednesday's move by the announced by the National Board of Health and Welfare is unusual as the agency rarely reviews cases older than two years.
"There is great public interest and the case centres on whether the health care services functioned when the country's foreign minister was subjected to an attack," agency head Lars-Erik Holm said of the decision.
Lindh's murder death shocked the country and renewed memories of the 1986 killing of then prime minister Olof Palme.
A Swede of Serbian descent, Mijailo Mijailovic, was found guilty of the murder in 2004.
Foreign experts were to take part in the review, the agency said.
Holm said he would approach counterparts in neighbouring Nordic countries to ask for assistance to find experts who would review the medical records and interview staff who worked at the time of the event.
The review is likely to commence by the end of the 2010 at the earliest.