The trial in Sweden of Trumps new token black friend ASAP Rocky
ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is accused of kicking, punching and slashing a 19-year-old man with a broken bottle during a fight in the capital. The 30-year-old rapper claims the alleged assault was self-defence, and if he walks free, he could win record-breaking damages from the Swedish state.
ASAP Rocky may have to spend yet another weekend in Swedish custody, as his trial for assault in Stockholm District Court is running behind schedule. Crossexamination of the 19-year-old man, who claims he was assaulted by ASAP Rocky and his co-accused, is taking longer than expected and the judge has concluded that they will not be able to stick to Thursday's set schedule. This means the trial may not be over by tomorrow, leaving the US rapper languishing in jail until Monday when it would then continue.
ASAP Rocky will testify about bottle-fight
The US rapper will today tell his side of the story of what happened when he and a group of his friends encountered two young Afghan men in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 30th of June. The 30-year-old and two of his associates are accused of brutally assaulting one of the two men, leaving him bleeding on the ground outside a fast-food restaurant. The first day of the trial, which started on Tuesday, saw the 19-year-old alleged victim describe how he was thrown across a street, kicked, punched and slashed with a broken bottle.
Swedish criminalcase columnist Fredrik Sjöshult on the "hostage expert" Trump has sent to the trial:
Trump's envoy in the trial, hostage expert Robert O'Brien, has to be the most odd element seen in a Swedish trial. He answers no comments on questions today and it is probably wise. It's probably not easy for him to explain his presence unless he wants to say as it is: It's only poster politics because of Trump wanting to get African-American votes.
It has been claimed in foreign media that he fixed so that Mayer's mother was allowed to visit him in custody. Let me then point out that it is not uncommon for relatives to visit detained persons, unless it is cases with severe restrictions.
When Robert O'Brien left the District Court for lunch, he received several questions from a Danish radio journalist:
- Who is the worst hostage taker? Stefan Löfven or IS?
- Will you call in Navy Seals?
It was telling of the parodist circus nature that surrounds the trial.
"Mostly I think that people react sensitively because they know you’ve got a point"