Trump demands Sweden release US rapper charged with assault

Donald Trump has told Sweden to “give A$AP Rocky his freedom” after the US rapper was charged there with assault.

In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said he had watched the video of the alleged assault in Stockholm.

The US president tweeted he was “very disappointed” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven had been “unable to act” and urged him to “treat Americans fairly”.

Last week, Mr Trump said he had spoken to Mr Lofven about A$AP’s case.

The US president, who is running for re-election in 2020, told Mr Lofven he had “let our African American Community down in the United States”.

A spokesperson for Mr Lofven said the government was not allowed to influence legal proceedings and “everyone is equal before the law”.

A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Myers, was arrested on 3 July following a fight that was captured on video. He has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

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He claimed his group was being followed by a group of men and he acted in self-defence.

Two other men who were with them at the time have also been charged with assault.

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Daniel Suneson, the Swedish prosecutor in charge of the case, said that he had not spoken to any White House representatives or any representatives of the Swedish government about the case.

He added that there was “an obvious risk that these three suspects would leave the country if they were released”.

On Wednesday, the rapper’s mother, Renee Black, told Swedish newspaper Expressen that her son “isn’t really eating properly.”

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Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj have also called for A$AP to be freed.

Minaj is among more than 630,000 signatories to an online petition calling for the rapper to be released.

Source: SKY NEWS

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