STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden on Friday dismissed an offended outburst from U.S. President Donald Trump after prosecutors charged U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky with assault, saying the nation’s judicial system was unbiased of political interference.
FILE PHOTO: Posters asking for ASAP Rocky to be freed line the wall throughout from the jail the place the American rapper is being held over prices of assault in Stockholm, Sweden, July 25,2019. Philip O’Connor/REUTERS
Finest identified for his track “Reward the Lord”, the 30-year-old performer, producer and mannequin, whose actual title is Rakim Mayers, was detained about three weeks in the past following a avenue altercation with two males in Stockholm on June 30. A$AP Rocky, who was charged on Thursday, will go on trial subsequent week.
Trump, who final week urged Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to free A$AP Rocky, fired off tweets on Thursday saying he was “very upset” in Lofven and demanding: “Deal with Individuals pretty!”
Trump added: “We achieve this a lot for Sweden however it doesn’t appear to work the opposite approach round. Sweden ought to give attention to its actual crime drawback! #FreeRocky.”
Mayers has mentioned he’s harmless and that the lads provoked him and his two companions, who’ve additionally been charged with assault. If convicted, they might resist two years in jail.
A spokesman for the Swedish authorities mentioned on Friday the federal government wouldn’t become involved within the case.
“Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have been very clear within the dialogue with each the White Home and straight with the American president, that in Sweden everyone seems to be equal earlier than the legislation and that the federal government can’t intrude in authorized proceedings,” the spokesman mentioned in a textual content message.
Former prime minister Carl Bildt advised the every day Aftonbladet that Lofven was proper to not remark additional on the case.
“I feel it’s proper of the federal government not to enter a mud wrestling match with Trump. That’s his component, and shouldn’t be Sweden’s,” Bildt mentioned.
Mayers, additionally identified by the pseudonym Lord Flacko, was in Stockholm to carry out on the Smash hip-hop competition. His arrest pressured him to cancel a dozen reveals scheduled as a part of his Europe tour.
Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Modifying by Mark Heinrich