The US government warned Sweden "of negative consequences" when it spoke out this week for rapper ASAP Rocky during his assault in Stockholm trial.
Rocky was released from jail on Friday until the verdict, with President Donald Trump celebrating the news on Twitter . "It was a Rocky Week, come home as soon as possible!" Trump said:
The rapper landed on US soil again on Saturday, leaving the impending verdict in an episode that has led to unexpected tensions between the US and its European ally.
According to letters received from NBC News, Partner Aftonbladet, the United States Special Envoy for Hostages, wrote to the Swedish prosecutors and asked them to release Rocky.
"The United States Government wants to resolve this case as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences for the United States -Swedish bilateral relationship" Amb. Robert O & Brien wrote in the letter of Wednesday.
In response, Swedish Attorney General Petra Lundh defended the independence of the Swedish courts, saying that he must therefore reject O & # 39; s Brien's demands.
"No other prosecutor Not even I can intervene in a particular case or try to influence the prosecutor responsible," Lundh wrote in a letter on Thursday.
The letters highlighted the recent intervention by US officials in a case that has commanded the attention of figures ranging from the president to Justin Bieber.
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayer, was arrested on June 30 and charged with assault in the Swedish capital.
Trump began weighing the case last month following an outcry from celebrities such as reality TV star Kim Kardashian-West and musician Rod Stewart
said Trump he had with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven around asked for his release and "offered to personally vouch for it" his bail.
Löfven responded to public pressure from Trump, saying that the rapper would not receive special treatment and the judiciary could act independently and without political interference.
The two-time Grammy candidate was headlined by Smash x Stadium in Stockholm, A two-day hip-hop festival, since his arrest on July 3, he has had to cancel a series of shows on his European tour after a judge finds he would be detained as he poses a flight risk.
He confessed On Tuesday, his innocent trial began guiltless.
O & O Brien took part in the hearings this week, during which Rocky told the court he had tried to settle the dispute peacefully and rationally with two men who had confronted him before a fight broke out.
The US envoy said Washington was "I'm grateful I'm participating in the lawsuit in Sweden n and was allowed to observe it. "
After final arguments, a judge ordered Rocky to be released from prison until sentencing.
Despite US Assurance That Rocky Would not Go After his release in Sweden, the judge ruled that the rapper could leave the country in the meantime.
Rocky released an emotional post on Instagram after his release and thanked the fans for their support during this "very difficult and humiliating experiment".
A final verdict in this case is expected to be issued on August 14.