‘This Has Been a Very Difficult Experience’– A$AP Rocky
U.S. Warned Sweden of ‘Negative Consequences’ If ASAP Rocky Case Wasn’t Resolved in Leaked
A$AP Rocky was just released from jail while the judges in his Swedish assault case decide his fate. The announcement in court was met with cheer from onlookers. A$AP is free to leave Sweden while they await a verdict, which is expected August 14. The other 2 defendants are also released and free to leave. Prosecutors had asked that Rocky, who’s spent a month in jail, remain there because he was a flight risk, but the judges disagreed. Reading between the lines, the fact that the judges are letting him leave the country may be a sign he won’t be found guilty.
A$AP Rocky Thanked Supporters
The rapper thanked his fans and everyone who showed him support during his difficult moments.
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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS AND ANYONE ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO SUPPORTED ME DURING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS I CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE I WANT TO THANK THE COURT FOR ALLOWING ME BLADI AND THOTO TO RETURN TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE LOVE AND SUPPORT
Leaked diplomatic letters over A$AP Rocky
In an effort to secure ASAP Rocky’s freedom, a U.S. official decided to put a little pressure on the Swedish government.
On Friday night, CNN shared a leaked diplomatic letter in which Robert C. O’Brien, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, urged the Swedish Prosecution Authority to resolve the case as quickly as possible. O’Brien wrote the letter on July 31, two days before the Harlem rapper was was granted permission to leave Sweden. The official requested the immediate humanitarian release of Rocky and his co-defendants—David Rispers and Bladimir Corniel—and proposed they be sent to “a supervised detention in a local Stockholm hotel pending final disposition of the case.”
After outlining his requests, O’Brien warned that if the case wasn’t quickly resolved there would be potential “negative consequences to the U.S.-Swedish bilateral relationship.”
Sweden’s Prosecutor-General, Petra Lindh, denied the requests, according to a letter dated Aug. 1.
“No other prosecutor, not even I, may interfere with a specific case or try to affect the prosecutor responsible,” Lindh wrote to O’Brien. “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.”