After spending nearly a month in a Swedish jail, A $ AP Rocky was released and back home in the United States. For weeks, the rapper's fate was in legal limbo as he waited for his turn in the court system to file charges of assault. It has not been decided yet. Does this mean that Rocky has to return to Sweden to hear the judge's final decision?
A Summary of Events
On July 3, the rapper, whose real name was Rakim Mayer, was arrested in Stockholm
and was held in custody for the June 30 incident. He and two members of
His allegiance, the attack on a man, Mustafa Jafari, was charged in Iraq
Street. Witness video showed how they beat Jafari and Rocky and threw him over
the street. To counteract this view, the rapper released his own videos
What happened before the fight, when he said that the man and his friend continued to molest
him. Since the first day he has claimed self-defense.
Four people were arrested, including Jafari, who was reported as a victim of the fight. The Swedish Public Prosecutor's Office conducted several weeks of investigation and refused applications for the release of ASAP Rocky until his trial date. The charges against Jafari were dropped, but were upheld against Rocky and his associates.
Since his arrest, POTUS Donald Trump has attempted to intervene, and numerous celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Diddy, Jada Pinkett Smith and Cara Delevigne have expressed their support for "Free Rocky". The Swedish Prime Minister repeatedly warned Trump that the justice system was segregated from the government and they could not influence the case. However, Trump sent his hostage envoy Robert O'Brien to Sweden during the rapper trial, the New York Times reports.
Week included a three-day trial statements of the victim, eyewitness, A $ AP
Rocky, his bodyguard and other members of his team. Both Rocky and the victim commented
that they acted in self-defense. The rapper was up to two years ago
Prison, if convicted, but it was thought that the judge would be lenient on him since
He is a first-time offender.
As stated here,
In Swedish court proceedings there is no jury and the judgments are made by a judge.
In the case of Rocky, the judge decided to release him until the decision was made.
Why A $ AP Rocky is likely to stay outside Sweden Go back into the country. According to ABC, the judge will announce the official verdict and sentence on August 14th. The lawyers at Rocky said that the artist does not have to be present for the trial, but is ready to complete his verdict.
During his testimony, Rocky told the court that he feared for his safety after being stabbed and robbed while working and strangers. In one of these incidents, the perpetrators had taken drugs, Rocky stung in the face and also stabbed police. These experiences made him shy away from people, and he said in court, "I could not help but assume that these guys were under the influence of some kind of drug."
Rocky's co-defendants, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were along with released him from prison. Family and friends celebrated the judge's decision and Rocky thanked fans, friends and all others for their continued support.
Trump sent a tweet saying, "A $ AP Rocky is released from jail and on his way home to the US from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, come home as soon as possible! "In the meantime, some of his musical colleagues have vowed not to perform in Sweden, and it's possible that A $ AP Rocky will no longer be a headliner there.