A$AP Rocky released from Swedish jail pending assault verdict

Monday, 05 Aug, 2019

A judge in Sweden ordered Friday American rapper A$AP Rocky's release pending a verdict in his trial.

After urging from first lady Melania Trump and celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, President Trump tried unsuccessfully to negotiate A$AP Rocky's release before trial, including a phone call with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in July.

After three days of testimony, a judge in Sweden said he will issue a verdict on the "gross assault" charges against A$AP Rocky on August 14.

Rocky was arrested on July 3 after the incident, which left alleged victim Mustafa Jafari, 19, with bruises and cuts and bloodstains on his shirt.

Rocky left Sweden just hours after judges made a decision to release him from prison while they decide the fate of his assault case.

The rapper told the court that he had acted in self-defence after his bodyguard was attacked. "And we are going to be calling, we'll be talking to them, we've already started and many, many members of the African-American community have called me - friends of mine, and said could you help?"

New revelations suggest that United States authorities were ready to go further than Donald Trump's supportive tweets. The court has also been shown videos posted on the artist's Instagram account, purporting to show the lead-up to the brawl.

"Furthermore, when a person is charged and the case is brought before a court, only the court can decide, during or after the trial, whether or not to release the person or decide on supervised detention". She and a friend, testifying anonymously at Stockholm District Court, both maintained that they did see Mayers and his partners assaulting Jafari, though.

Rocky and his entourage were accused of assaulting a man, who they testified had "glossy" eyes and appeared to be under the influence and represented a threat to them. "He also said he had a sore back".

The prosecution had argued that after an argument, Mayers threw Jafari to the ground, after which he and two of his entourage kicked and punched the teenager.

The reaction angered Trump, who said last week that "We do so much for Sweden but it doesn't seem to work the other way around", adding "Sweden should focus on its real crime problem" for good measure.