Swedish court extends U.S. rapper ASAP Rocky’s detention

Jared Kushner and A$AP Rocky

During a press conference at the White House on Friday (July 19), Trump addressed the 30-year-old rapper's current detainment in Stockholm, Sweden.

President Donald Trump spoke out for the first time Friday about the case of rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in a Swedish jail for more than two weeks without charges following a street fight.

"Sweden is a great country", Trump began.

Several members of the US Congress have also called for the New York-born rapper's release. "I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African-American community in this country".

On July 5 the Stockholm District Court ordered that Mayers should be kept in custody while the case was being investigated, as he was considered a "flight risk". A judge then decided that ASAP Rocky remains in jail another week until the investigation was complete, TMZ said.

Many artists such as Sheck Wes, Tyga, Travis Scott, Cardi B and more have spoken out in support A$AP Rocky.

"Rocky is now being detained for an unknown period of time until they have a trial and he is having his legal and basic human rights ignored while being forced to live in inhumane conditions - all for acting in self-defense", the source alleged.

A$AP Rocky's European tour has now been cancelled due to the rapper's long-term detention in a Swedish prison.

Ms Kardashian West later tweeted her gratitude to Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for helping the rapper.

"Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated", she wrote Thursday. USA representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and André Carson (D-IN) released a joint statement saying they have reached out to the Swedish government.

Kim Kardashian West, who has been active recently in criminal justice reform, also reached out this week to Trump on Rocky's behalf via presidential advisor Jared Kushner.

Earlier this week, Sweden's top prosecutor Petra Lundh said "the fact that a suspect or a plaintiff is known is no reason for the person to receive a special treatment".

The president gave a different version of events Friday, telling reporters that his wife, first lady Melania Trump, first brought the arrest to his attention.

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