Stockholm (AFP) – US rapper A $ AP Rocky is charged with assaulting a Stockholm court on Tuesday after weeks of detention causing diplomatic tensions and fan-outrage.
The old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayer, was arrested on 3 July along with three other people after the fight in Stockholm on 30 June. One of them, the rapper's bodyguard, was later released.
Part of the brawl was captured in an amateur video by the US news agency TMZ, which shows the rapper throwing a young man into the street and then aiming him in multiple lashes while lying down.
Mayers facing a maximum of two years imprisonment If convicted of assault, he claims to have acted in self-defense and to respond to harassment and provocations by the plaintiff.
The trial is due to begin at 9:30 am (07:30 GMT) at the Stockholm District Court.
The exact circumstances of the brawl are still unclear, but before his arrest, the rapper posted on Instagram his own videos to illustrate the preparations for the fight.
In these, the young man is seen as he argued with the musician about a headset, and the artist repeatedly asks the man and his friend not to follow him and his entourage anymore. One of the young men may also have beaten the artist's bodyguard.
A separate investigation of the plaintiff was discontinued, and the prosecutor's office stated that its self-defense activities were to bring charges against the musician and two members of his entourage on July 25, stating that he believed that what happened is still a crime.
When Suneson announced his decision to prosecute, he emphasized that he "had more material to consider what was available on the Internet."
According to the indictment filed with the Stockholm District Court, the evidence includes surveillance material, testimony and textual talks the prosecutor sees as proof that there is no need for self-defense and that the alleged attack used a bottle as a weapon.
Photos of the suspected victim taken by investigators were published by Swedish media last week The story continues.
The Swedish prosecution was also accused of racism, and the former US ambassador to Sweden, Mark Brzezinski, called the arrest of the rapper a matter of "race" injustice. "
But Mayers' lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, who has challenged the allegation and stated in a press conference last week that Sweden is "no racist society".
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On July 5 in Stockholm The district court ordered that Mayers be He was held in a Swedish remand prison until the trial
The musician who made his breakthrough with the release of the mixtape "Live" in 2011. Love, A $ AP "was on European tour and had to cancel more than a dozen shows.
Fans, fellow artists and US Congressional members have spoken out during his imprisonment for his release.
An online petition called # JusticeForRocky has collected more than 630,000 signatures, and social media campaigns that encourage fans to boycott Swedish brands like IKEA have been launched.
The case was also repeatedly tackled by President Donald Trump, who personally called Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to discuss the matter.
In a subsequent tweet, Trump said he fought for the rapper and offered to pay his bail, even though the Swedish justice system does not include bail provisions.
But the district court considered Mayer a flight risk and ordered his continued detention.
Lofvens spokesman Toni Eriksson told AFP that "the Prime Minister has carefully pointed out that the Swedish justice system is completely independent".  59002] When Trump learned that the case would be brought to justice, he let go of his frustration on Twitter.
"Very disappointed with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that he could not act," Trump tweeted, adding, "Give A $ AP Rocky his FREEDOM."
Several Swedish politicians shot back at Trump for trying to to interfere in the judicial process.
"Political interference in the trial is strictly forbidden! Of course?" Tweeted former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.