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ACQUITTED SWEDE WILL GET AT LEAST $16,400

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The government has decided to award at least $16,400 to a man acquitted of the 1986 killing of Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Christer Pettersson had sought 2 million kronor, or about $330,000, in compensation for the 10 months he spent in custody after his arrest in December 1988.Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson's Cabinet on Thursday set the minimum award at 100,000 kronor. The final sum will be negotiated by the justice chancellor and Pettersson's lawyer.

A district court last July convicted Pettersson, 43, of Palme's killing and sentenced him to life in prison. An appeals court overturned the decision in October, citing insufficient evidence.