Rapper 21 Savage released on bond 9 days after ICE arrest

Recording artist 21 Savage attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena

21 Savage, the 26-year-old Atlanta-based rapper born She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph who was taken into custody by ICE on February 3, has been released on bond, according to a statement from his lawyers Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro.

Last week, United States rapper Jay-Z said 21 Savage's arrest was "an absolute travesty" and hired Mr Spiro to help with his fight against deportation.

"Mr. Abraham-Joseph has never hid his immigration status from the USA government...the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other objective than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to remain in the United States", his legal team said at the time of his arrest.

Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in 2014, and was arrested as part of a targeted operation with the cooperation of local law enforcement, an ICE spokesman told Reuters when the rapper was taken into custody. "He won his freedom", Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro, representing 21 Savage, said in a statement.

"In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She'yaa was granted an expedited hearing", Kuck wrote in a statement.

Good news for fans and supporters of I Am I Was emcee 21 Savage.

In a statement to CNN that confirmed he'd been detained, ICE said, "Mr. Abraham-Joseph. has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts".

21 Savage's lawyers said they've been speaking with ICE since his arrest to "clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society".

Savage, who was nominated for this year Grammy Awards, was arrested by the ICE earlier this month for being illegally present in the country.

While chatting with Seth Rogen for an Interview magazine feature, the "Whole Lot" rapper said that while recovering from his injuries, he spent a lot of time in the studio.

According to ICE, the rapper entered the USA legally in July 2005 but failed to depart and became unlawfully present when his Visa expired in 2006.

The lawyers said that 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yea Bin Abraham-Joseph, would not forget the ordeal or the other people he was locked up with who "remain unjustly incarcerated accross the country".

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