ASAP Rocky has been convicted by a court in Stockholm, Sweden, and his real name is Rakim Mayers, this month during the case that he acted in self-defense when the man, Mustafa Jafari, threw the floor, and then, along with two members of his entourage, punch him and kick him.
Mr Jafari repeatedly harassed the rapper’s entourage, and threw a puncture at his bodyguard just before the attack, Rocky said.
The judges felt his defense was convincing. “Based on two witness statements, the court finds that the defendants were not subject to imminent assault,” the ruling said. “The defendants were therefore not entitled to use violence in self-defense.”
Rocky’s co-defendants, Bladimir Emilio Corniel and David Tyrone Rispers, each received the same verdict and sentence. The three were also ordered to pay compensation to Mr Jafari. In the case, Mr Jafari’s lawyer sought about $ 16,000 in damages, but the court awarded 12,500 kronor from Sweden, about $ 1,300, for pain, insult and injuries.
Although the sentence represents all kinds of victory for Rocky, he said on Instagram that he was “disappointed by today’s ruling.”
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Slobodan Jovicic, his lawyer, said he did not know whether the rapper would appeal the verdict. “The question is whether he will have the energy and stamina to do this again given all the circus around him,” he added.
Much of the discussion at the trial focused on whether a bottle was used in the attack. Mr Jafari said he had been hit on the side of the head with one, but could not say by whom. Rocky admitted he picked up a bottle just before the fight, but said he put it back down soon after because he “realized he was stupid.”
“The prosecutor has not been able to prove that the victim was hit in the back of his head with a bottle or otherwise attacked bottles,” Judge Lennerbrant said in a news release. “This has affected the assessment of the seriousness of the offense,” he added.
#BREAKING on @ABC7: Swedish court finds A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for role in a June street brawl. The court says the 3 defendants are sentenced to “conditional sentences,” which means no prison time in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in that country. #ASAPRocky pic.twitter.com/xDIB5QKHeZ
— Brandi Hitt (@ABC7Brandi) August 14, 2019
Rocky and his two co-defendants served nearly a month in custody in Sweden after their arrest. Seen as aviation risks, they were detained in the detention center from July 5 until the case concluded Aug. 2.
Mr Trump became a close watchman of the case after super-rapper Kanye West asked his wife, Ms Kardashian West, for help from the White House to win Rocky’s release from prison.
The president increased the pressure on Sweden, a long-standing ally, starting with a cordial phone call to the prime minister, then critical messages on Twitter, and, finally, sending a special hostage ambassador, Robert O’Brien, to watch over the cause.
In a letter to Swedish officials during the case, Mr beingBrien warned of “negative consequences” for American-Swedish relations in the event of Rocky not being released.
Swedish officials, including the prime minister, repeatedly said they would not intervene in the case, citing the rule of law.
Judge Lennerbrant said in an interview after the ruling that Mr Trump’s intervention had no effect on the decision. “I have not been subject to any political pressure, nor has the district court,” he said.
In his Instagram post after the verdict, Rocky didn’t specifically mention the president’s interest in the case as he thanked “my team, my managers, attorneys, a label and everyone who advocated for justice.”
On Aug. 2, at the conclusion of the case, the judges allowed Rocky and his two co-defendants to be released pending the verdict. They were not required to remain in Sweden and return quickly to the United States.
Swedish legal experts at the time said their release was a sign that defendants were most likely to be found not guilty, or convicted and sentenced to time spent.
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REF : thelocal.se