STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish prosecutors on Friday extended American rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention by six days amid their ongoing investigation exact into a avenue fight in Stockholm as U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned he planned to name Sweden’s prime minister about the case.
A district court docket agreed to a request from prosecutors for added time for their investigation of alleged aggravated assault by the 30-Twelve months-extinct performer, producer and mannequin, whose exact name is Rakim Mayers.
“The court docket made up our minds that the artist will live in custody except July 25 attributable to the flight risk,” Daniel Suneson, the prosecutor responsible of the case, mentioned in an announcement. “This affords us time to total the investigation.”
The artist’s licensed professional, Slobodan Jovicic, mentioned the resolution used to be anticipated but unfair, and that A$AP Rocky is harmless.
“He (Mayers) believes he used to be assaulted and has acted in self-defence,” Jovicic suggested journalists.
The detention of Mayers, who attended the court docket dressed in a green T-shirt, has received frequent consideration alongside with from Trump and U.S. first girl Melania Trump. Larger than 600,000 folks have signed an on-line petition for his launch, while fellow artists have expressed their enhance.
Trump mentioned on Twitter he spoke with rapper Kanye West about the case on Friday and would possibly per chance be calling Swedish High Minister Stefan Lofven “to demand what we are in a position to enact about helping A$AP Rocky.”
“So many people would fetch to demand this immediate resolved!” Trump added.
West’s spouse, truth TV broad name Kim Kardashian West, in a tweet on Thursday thanked Trump, U.S. Secretary of Articulate Mike Pompeo and White Residence adviser and Trump son-in-legislation Jared Kushner for making an attempt to determine up Mayers released.
Kardashian West has worked with the Trump administration on criminal justice reform.
Trump suggested newshounds on Friday he did now not know Mayers but that “many participants of the African-American neighborhood” sought his again for the rapper, who is black.
U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat of Fresh York, the establish Mayers used to be born, has also entreated his launch.
Mayers used to be detained on July 3 with his bodyguard and two diversified participants of his entourage in connection with a fight in a Stockholm city-centre avenue within the early hours of June 30. The performer used to be in Stockholm for a live efficiency, and has had to cancel several reveals in his European tour.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Articulate for Consular Affairs Carl Risch met with Mayers on Friday, and used to be attributable to discuss the placement with the foreign ministry and the justice division at some stage in a two-day talk to to Sweden.
Sooner than his arrest, Mayers uploaded videos to his Instagram fable of an altercation with two males, announcing that they had followed him and his entourage and that he had now not wanted any effort. The bodyguard used to be released for gratis while a deem on July 5 extended the detention of Mayers and his two diversified buddies.
Reporting by Helena Soderpalm; Extra reporting by Ilze Filks in Stockholm and Susan Heavey, Eric Beech and Steve Holland in Washington; modifying by Kevin Liffey and Will Dunham