STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The trial in Sweden of US rapper $ AP Rocky went on charges of attacks on the last day on Friday, and is likely to have up to two of them years in prison if found guilty.
Rakim Athelaston Mayers' courtroom sketch shows ASAP Rocky alap and his defense lawyer Slobodan Jovicic during the third day of the Rocky ASAP trial, at district court in Stockholm, Sweden 2 August, 2019. News Agency Anna Harvard / TT through REUTERS
$ AP Rocky, correctly named Rakim Mayers, was held on 3 July for a brawl outside a hamburger restaurant in Stockholm on 30 June and subsequently cut.
The case attracted considerable media attention, particularly since the US President Donald Trump began praising Mayers, asking Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to help him. Swedish judges are independent of the political system, and Lofven has said it will not affect the rapper's case.
The prosecution, after arguing, said that Mayors spent a 19-year-old man on the ground, and then he and two of his viewers kicked and boxed him.
Mayers and his innocent companions pleaded at the start of the trial on Tuesday, saying they had made a self defense. The judges said on Thursday that he tried to avoid the fight.
He said he acted after the alleged victim and his friend attacked a guard guard of the rapper.
The alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, has said during the testimony that he has struck a bottle on his head also after he followed a group of Women.
The Mayors changed clothes Friday Friday for a black suit and a white shirt, looking more relaxed than the first two days of the trial.
The public have taken great advantage of the trial, and the court has set up an extra room from Thursday for the public to view it through a video link. The courtroom gallery is reserved for family members of the media and defendants.
Friday will note that witnesses and the prosecutor will be given evidence by witnesses to summarize their arguments.
If the trial is not extended, the judge will then decide whether Mayers and his companions will remain in custody pending the verdict, which is likely to come later.
If released from custody it may be found that Mayors would be found guilty or that a verdict of guilty of a suspended sentence or a prison sentence shorter than the time spent by the rapper in a cell would have already been committed.
A legal expert at the Prosecution Authority said the judge would decide to leave the country if the judge decides not to keep Mayors.
Mayers, known for her song “Praise the Lord”, was in Stockholm for a concert. He has canceled several shows across Europe for his retention.
Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Simon Johnson and Anna Ringstrom wrote; Edited by Peter Graff and Hugh Lawson
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