CNN has received the full text of a letter written by US Special Envoy for Hostages, Robert C. O'Brien, previously leaked on Twitter. The letter to the Swedish Public Prosecutor's Office dated 31 July – before the trial of the rapper was over – stated that the US was anxious to "resolve this case as soon as possible, with potentially negative consequences for the US bilateral relationship and avoid Sweden ". 19659002] Swedish Attorney General Petra Lundh responded on 1 August 2019 in a letter defending the independence of the prosecution and the Swedish court. "No other prosecutor, not even me, is allowed to interfere in a particular case or try to influence the attorney general," Lundh wrote.
"If a person is charged and the case brought before a court, only the court has jurisdiction." During or after the trial, you may decide whether to release the person or to hold you in custody under supervision.
A US State Department official told CNN, "We can No comments on diplomatic communications. "
The 30-year-old A $ AP Rocky – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – – was involved in a street brawl in Stockholm in June, and he has argued that he and his co-defendants only in self-defense
The case has attracted the attention of US President Donald Trump, who publicly demanded the release of the rapper and the case with Swedish Prime Minister S tefan Löfven. The Swedish authorities have repeatedly stressed that the country's judiciary is independent and that the government "can and will not influence the trial".
When Rocky was released on Friday, Trump celebrated and tweeted, "A $ AP Rocky was released from jail and on his way home from Sweden to the US It was a Rocky Week, come home, ASAP A $ AP! ".
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Petra Lundh's last name was misspelled.