Sweden’s top court turns down detained US rapper ASAP Rocky’s appeal
Sweden’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by US rapper ASAP Rocky against his detention over a Stockholm street brawl despite his lawyer’s plea that the star was not a flight risk and protests by fans and leading hip-hop stars.
On Friday, a Swedish district court decided the 30-year-old, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should be kept in custody while prosecutors investigate a June 30 brawl, thereby putting on hold the artist’s current European tour.
Mayers’ lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja immediately challenged the decision but it was rejected by the court of appeals.
The lawyer told AFP his client subsequently lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court only accepts a fraction of cases submitted, taking only those it thinks will provide guidance for the lower courts.
The district court had agreed with prosecutors that Mayers was a flight risk and so should be kept in custody during the investigation.
But Olsson Lilja said the prosecutor had not justified the flight risk argument, and the continued custody also needed to be weighed against the consequences for his client — both issues that could interest the Supreme Court.
“They haven’t tried this issue in this way before,” he added………read more
Source: Yahoo News