ASAP Rocky trial: Swedish judge temporarily releases rapper


US rapper ASAP Rocky has temporarily been released from custody in Sweden.

The 30-year-old, real name Rakim Mayers, will be freed until a judge returns a verdict in the assault trial on 14 August.

He and two of his entourage have pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 19-year-old man in Stockholm in June.

Over the past week, a court has heard evidence and testimonies about the brawl, which led to ASAP Rocky’s detention in the country

The rapper says he, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers were acting in self-defence in fighting that broke out near the Max Burger chain on 30 June, after two men allegedly refused to stop following his entourage.

But in court on Friday, the prosecution said ASAP Rocky and his companions had “every possibility” to leave the scene and that they were not in a position where they needed to use “self-defence”.

During his summing up, prosecutor Daniel Suneson told the Stockholm District Court the rapper should be jailed for about six months.

ASAP Rocky’s defence lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, argued the incident was not a pre-meditated group assault and the rapper should be set free.

The Swedish judge, Per Lennerbrant, said the performer and his two co-accused could be released from custody and were free to leave the country ahead of his verdict.

Such a ruling may point to an acquittal, or a sentence of less than the time already served, Reuters reported.

Mr Jovicic said his client “is a free person for now” but has a “nervous wait for two more weeks”.