Trump: I’ll ‘vouch’ for rap­per’s bail

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

BER­LIN ( AP) — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he spoke with Swe­den’s prime min­is­ter Satur­day about jailed rap­per A$AP Rocky and “of­fered to per­son­ally vouch for his bail,” a hol­low of­fer in a crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem that doesn’t in­clude bail.

Trump tweeted that dur­ing “a very good call” with Prime Min­is­ter Ste­fan Lofven he “as­sured him A$AP was not a flight risk.” The Grammy-nom­i­nated artist has been in cus­tody since early this month over an al­leged fight.

Bail, which is com­mon in the United States, is not an op­tion in Swe­den.

Urged on by the first lady, in­clud­ing Kanye West and Kim Kar­dashian West, the pres­i­dent tweeted Fri­day that he would in­ter­vene to try to free Rocky, whose real name is Rakim May.

“Our teams will be talking fur­ther, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!” Trump tweeted af­ter speak­ing with Lofven.

Lofven “made cer­tain to em­pha­size the com­plete in­de­pen­dence of the Swedish ju­di­cial sys­tem, pros­e­cu­tors and courts,” his press sec­re­tary, Toni Eriks­son,said in a state­ment. “He un­der­lined that in Swe­den ev­ery­one is equal be­fore the law and that the gov­ern­ment can­not and will not at­tempt to in­flu­ence the le­gal pro­ceed­ings.”

The two lead­ers may have a fol­low-up call, “but noth­ing has been booked or planned,” she said.

Lofven said ear­lier Satur­day say­ing he would be glad to speak with Trump about A$AP Rocky’s de­ten­tion but giv­ing the same warn­ing about his gov­ern­ment’s un­will­ing­ness to in­ter­fere.

“I un­der­stand Pres­i­dent Trump has a per­sonal in­ter­est in the case,” the prime min­is­ter said be­fore they spoke. “He has ex­pressed the de­sire for a con­ver­sa­tion, which is cer­tainly pos­i­tive.”

Rocky has been be­hind bars while Swedish po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the fight in Stock­holm he al­legedly was in be­fore ap­pear­ing at a mu­sic fes­ti­val. Videos pub­lished on so­cial me­dia ap­pear to show a per­son be­ing vi­o­lently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A de­fense lawyer has said it was self-de­fense.

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Amer­i­can rap­per A$AP Rocky, whose name is Rakim May­ers, was or­dered held by a Swedish court on July 5 for two weeks in pre-trial de­ten­tion while po­lice in­ves­ti­gate a fight on Sun­day in cen­tral Stock­holm.

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