By Kunle Adedoyin
The Stockholm district court on Friday released US rapper A$AP Rocky from custody, pending the verdict of an assault trial that has garnered global attention and stirred fan outrage.
The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been in custody in Sweden since he was arrested on July 3 after a street brawl, but on the last day of his trial, the court decided to release him, pending the verdict.
“Rakim Mayers… (and the two others accused) are no longer going to be remanded in custody,” presiding judge Per Lennerbrant told the court, adding that the court’s verdict would be made available on August 14.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump of United Styates has celebrated the new development.
Trump, who took interest in his case, to the extent of reaching out to Stefan Löfven, Sweden’s prime minister, posted on his Twitter page Friday to celebrate the rapper’s return to the U.S.
“A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!” Trump wrote.
Last week, he had fired a barrage of angry tweets at the Swedish government, demanding for the rapper’s immediate release.
Trump also guaranteed that Rocky was not a flight risk and would wait out his trial date.
Rocky, a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist, was arrested in Stockholm alongside an entourage of two men after he was involved in a fight that got captured on camera on June 30.
The rapper had earlier claimed he acted in self-defense on suspicion of being followed.