Trump speaks with Swedish chief about jailing of rapper A$AP Rocky


WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “supplied to personally vouch for his bail,” a hole provide in a prison justice system that does not embrace bail.

Trump tweeted that in “an excellent name” with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he additionally “assured him that A$AP was not a flight danger.” The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged battle.

Whereas not an possibility in Sweden, bail is frequent in the US. A defendant is allowed to put up an sum of money set by the court docket to ensure the defendant will seem for trial if she or he is freed pending these proceedings.

Urged on by the primary girl and celebrities together with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had mentioned in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to attempt to free Rocky, whose actual identify is Rakim Could.

“Our groups shall be speaking additional, and we agreed to talk once more within the subsequent 48 hours!” Trump wrote Saturday after talking with Lofven.

The prime minister’s press secretary, Toni Eriksson, confirmed hours later that Lofven and Trump had a dialog that “was pleasant and respectful and lasted about 20 minutes.”

Lofven “made sure to emphasise the entire independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts,” Eriksson mentioned in an announcement. “He underlined that in Sweden everyone seems to be equal earlier than the regulation and that the federal government can’t and won’t try and affect the authorized proceedings.”

The 2 leaders could have a follow-up name, “however nothing has been booked or deliberate,” she mentioned.

Lofven had issued an announcement earlier Saturday saying he can be glad to talk with Trump about A$AP Rocky’s detention however giving the identical warning about his authorities’s unwillingness to intrude.

“I perceive that President Trump has a private curiosity within the case,” the prime minister mentioned earlier than they spoke. “He has expressed the will for a dialog with me, which is definitely optimistic.”

Rocky has been behind bars whereas Swedish police examine the battle in Stockholm he allegedly was in earlier than showing at a music pageant. Movies revealed on social media seem to indicate an individual being violently thrown onto the bottom by Rocky. A protection lawyer has mentioned it was self-defense.

Different recording artists have spoken on his behalf, together with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Put up Malone.

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