Swedish government tells Donald Trump to back off over A$AP Rocky

Despite Trump's pleas for "FREEDOM" for Rocky, Sweden isn't backing down.

Sweden’s government has told Donald Trump it won’t intervene over A$AP Rocky’s impending court case.

Donald Trump laid into the Swedish PM after prosecutors formally announced their decision to charge A$AP Rocky with assault yesterday (July 25).

Trump had said he was “very disappointed” in the Swedish courts’ decision to prosecute A$AP Rocky.

But in a statement this afternoon, the Swedish government has again said it won’t interfere with its judicial process from acting independently of government powers.

A spokesman for the Swedish government said: “Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have been very clear in the dialogue with both the White House and directly with the American president. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law and the government cannot interfere in legal proceedings.”

The rapper was accused of assault in an incident in Stockholm on June 30 and arrested on July 3. Trump had already lent his support to the ongoing case and said that he was going to try and secure his release following a conversation with Kanye West on July 19. 

Trump was alerted to the case via Kanye West. Following news of A$AP Rocky’s charge, Trump tweeted: “Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States.

“I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly!”

Trump went on: “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem!”

On July 22, Löfven issued a statement regarding the case, saying that “in Sweden everyone is equal before the law,” adding: “The government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings.”

Footage had emerged of A$AP Rocky and his entourage shoving a man to the ground on the street. After the videos circulated, the rapper posted two clips on his own Instagram account, claiming that the men in the altercation had “hit security in [the] face with headphones” then “followed us for four blocks”.

The rapper’s defence lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja has said that Rocky and his entourage “were attacked and he made use of self-defence”. If convicted, he faces a maximum of two years in prison or a fine based on his daily earnings.

Support has flooded in for Rocky, with rappers including Tyga and Tyler the Creator refusing to play shows in the Scandinavian country ever again following the rapper’s arrest. A change.org petition, campaigning for his release also now has over 630,000 signatures. Other rappers including Quavo and Skepta have also chimed in on the arrest.