Stockholm – Swedish officials resist fierce criticism from President Donald Trump over charges against US rapper A $ AP Rocky. Mr. Trump accused Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, whom he had personally engaged, of being "unable to act" to get Rocky out of jail. Thefor a fight in Stockholm that had taken place last month, and will face trial next week. Trump called on Sweden to "treat Americans fairly!" and asked the country "to give A $ AP Rocky his FREEDOM."
"We are doing so much for Sweden, but it does not seem to work the other way around, Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky," said the President in two tweets.
"Everyone is equal before the law"
Mikael Lindstrom, a spokesman for Lofven, answered Mr. Trump stressing the independence of the Swedish justice system. "In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law," said Lindstrom. "The government must not and will not try to influence the ongoing trials."
Rocky, a Platinum-winning Grammy-nominated artist whose real name is Rakim Mayer, has been in custody since July 3, when the authorities investigate a fight he allegedly took on June 30 before he left occurred on a music festival. The case has attracted the attention of a long list of US celebrities, including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian West. Trump tweeted on Saturday that he had talked with Lofven about the case and "offered to personally vouch for his bail," although this was not possible under Swedish law. At the insistence of the First Lady and celebrities such as Kardashian West, the President had announced in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to try to free Rocky.
Lofvens spokesman Toni Eriksson later said the two leaders had a "friendly and friendly" respectful "conversation in which Lofven" emphasized the complete independence of the Swedish justice system, prosecutors and courts, and stressed that the government was not trying could and will influence the court proceedings.
Sweden's Ambassador to Washington, Karin Olofsdotter, told the Swedish public service broadcaster SVT that she was forced to resign her Summer to cancel vacation, to deal with the case of the rapper. She had meetings with members of the US Congress, which she endeavored to understand was that you could be detained in Sweden without being able to be released on bail.
Olofsdotter and Rocky's Swedish defender Slobodan Jovicic both rejected speculation about this racist motives could have played a role in the arrest of A $ AP Rocky.
"No, no, no, I think we do not have a racist society here," said Jovicic. "I do not see this angle at all."
What happens next?
Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a statement that he has filed charges against the artist and two others who were suspected of the attack that actually led to personal injury, concluding that the events in question constitute a crime and despite allegations self-defense and provocation.
The rapper and the two other suspects, a cousin and friend, will remain in custody until the trial
The prosecutor has advised the Stockholm District Court to provide three days for the trial, which according to Jovicic is expected to begin on Tuesday The charge may result in imprisonment for a maximum of two years.
Videos posted on social media appear to show that a person was forcibly knocked down by Rocky, 30, said Trump in his tweets that he had "watched the tapes of A $ AP Rocky" and concluded that "he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers."
The rapper claims it is self-defense.
However, Suneson said that after studying the videos available to the investigators, he came to a different conclusion.
"In addition to video material, the statements of the victims were supported by testimonies."
Suneson added that initially there were two injured in the case, but the allegations regarding one of them were dropped due to "insufficient evidence" and the charges relate only to one alleged victim. This person was not identified.
The artist's bodyguard made a counter-charge against one of the alleged victims. However, the case was closed earlier this week, the prosecutor said.
Defender Jovicic said: "Rakim Mayer feels he has defended himself, he claims that he is innocent, and of course he is very sad in that perspective."
"Many different people and Rakim Of course, Mayer's have been very supportive of him and of course I'm very grateful for all those who have made an effort, "said Jovicic. He added that "it was a very difficult time for him".
Rocky has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Drake and Selena Gomez.