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    Sweden rejects Trump's demand to intervene in A$AP Rocky's assault case

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    Sweden rejects Trump's demand to intervene in A$AP Rocky's assault case
    Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Published 3:24 p.m. ET July 26, 2019 | Updated 3:43 p.m. ET July 26, 2019
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    This combo photo shows recording artist A$AP Rocky (L) in Los Angeles in 2016; Swedish Prime minister Stefan Lofven (C) in Paris in June and President Donald Trump (R) at the White House in Washington, DC in July. Sweden on July 25, 2019, rebuffed Trump's demand that Sweden free the rapper Rocky, who goes on trial next week on assault charges involving an altercation in Stockholm three weeks ago.

    This combo photo shows recording artist A$AP Rocky (L) in Los Angeles in 2016; Swedish Prime minister Stefan Lofven (C) in Paris in June and President Donald Trump (R) at the White House in Washington, DC in July. Sweden on July 25, 2019, rebuffed Trump's demand that Sweden free the rapper Rocky, who goes on trial next week on assault charges involving an altercation in Stockholm three weeks ago. (Photo: David McNew, Thomas Samon, Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images)

    The Swedish government on Friday rebuffed President Donald Trump's angry attempt to get Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to intervene in the case of U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky who goes on trial for assault next week.

    Rocky, a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was jailed three weeks ago while police investigate an altercation with two men in Stockholm. Two companions have also been charged with assault.

    According to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, prosecutors alleged that Rocky and two companions “deliberately, together and in agreement” pushed the man to the ground, kicked him and hit him with a bottle.

    The 500 pages of documents included photos of the alleged victim’s cuts, bruises and blood-stained clothes.

    Magnus Stromberg, lawyer for the alleged victim, charged that the altercation started when one of A$AP Rocky’s guards “grabbed him by the neck and dragged him away.” He said his client, Mustafa Jafari, did not provoke the assault, and “this situation has been very stressful for him,” Stromberg said.

    “There was no reason, none whatsoever, for the use of such violence,” he said.

    Rocky, who faces up to two years in jail if convicted of assault, has maintained his innocence and argued he and two companions were provoked.

    Videos published on social media appeared to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky.

    Trump, who spoke with Lofven last week about the case, doubled down angrily on Thursday following the report that Rocky has been officially charged and will face trial next week.

    "Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act," he tweeted. "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! #FreeRocky.

    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! #FreeRocky
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019

    "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! #FreeRocky,” he added.

    A spokesman for the government, in a statement to Reuters, rejected Trump's latest entreaties.

    “Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have been very clear in the dialogue with both the White House and directly with the American president, that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot interfere in legal proceedings,” the statement said.

    Former prime minister Carl Bildt told the daily newspaper Aftonbladet on that Lofven was correct in declining to comment on the case.

    “I think it’s right of the government not to go into a mud wrestling match with Trump. That is his element, and should not be Sweden’s,” Bildt said in the paper's Friday edition.

    Trump has even offered to pay Rocky's bail, although Sweden does not have a bail system.

    The case has drawn attention of celebrities including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. Trump spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about the detained rapper.

    Contributing: Associated Press
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    A$AP Rocky Alleged Victim Has Criminal Assault Record

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    The man at the center of the A$AP Rocky assault case -- the man who provoked the rapper and even attacked him before A$AP reluctantly snapped back -- was convicted of criminal assault in Sweden 3 years ago.

    Mustafa Jafari, Rocky's alleged victim, was convicted of striking a man in his forehead and beating the victim's face back in 2016, when Jafari was 16 years old. It happened on the streets of Stockholm, the very place Jafari harassed and assaulted A$AP and his crew earlier this month.
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    Jafari was prosecuted and convicted of assault, and his sentence ... 30 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay his victim around $500 in cash.

    Jafari was also convicted of 2 minor drug offenses ... one in November 2017 and the other in May 2018. He was ordered to pay a fine for both, but served no jail time.

    As we reported, Jafari was the instigator in the A$AP Rocky incident -- he's the guy in the white shirt. Prosecutors have cleared him, claiming he was acting in self-defense.

    Rocky, who pled with Jafari to leave him and his crew alone before finally snapping, has now been charged with assault and could face 2 years in prison if convicted.
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    I don't really care about anything to do with this case, but this:

    "Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States."
    This statement doesn't make sense.

    What does any of this have to do with the African-American community in the US, and how has anything Sweden did "let them down"?

    Does Sweden have some responsibilities to conduct its actions in a certain matter in order to not "let down" the African-American community?

    In my opinion, this is a pretty bizarre thing to say.

    Like if I were to say the people of Timbuktu and Papua New Guinea have somehow let down the Amish community in North Dakota.
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    What does any of this have to do with the African-American community in the US, and how has anything Sweden done "let them down"?
    It was a story in some areas before the Emperor decided he needed to check Sweden and let them know what's up.

    Economic migrant criminals.
    An innocent rapper harassed on the street by undersized wimpy criminals.
    A ridiculous Northern European county which is easy to mock.
    August being desperately short of federal holidays.

    Get. It. Done.

    Like if I were to say the people of Timbuktu and Papua New Guinea have somehow let down the Amish community in North Dakota.
    If PNG decides to act up towards a member of the Amish community, we may well have split that wig.
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    In my opinion, this is a pretty bizarre thing to say.

    Yeah but it's The Donald. Surely after 2+ years stuff like this shouldn't be much of a shocker. That said, none of this would have happened if Sweden had deported the little shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    This statement doesn't make sense
    It's Trump, it's not supposed to make sense.

    Of course, his braindead apologists will claim it's some sort of brilliant strategy or act of benevolent altruism...by the most self-obsessed shit stain on the planet.
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    Clinton tried to intervene when some kid got sentenced to caning in Singapore

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay

    Bill Clinton, the President of the United States, called Fay's punishment extreme and mistaken, and pressured the Singapore government to grant Fay clemency from caning. Two dozen United States senators signed a letter to the Singapore government also appealing for clemency. The Singapore government pointed out that Singaporeans who break the law faced the same punishments as Fay, and claimed that Singapore's laws had kept the city free of vandalism and violence of the kind seen in New York City

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    Quote Originally Posted by troung View Post
    I am smelling some tariffs, F-Sweden
    Not necessarily

    A US president intervening has happened before. It isn't common though. However what is very common is for some US official usually from the state department to intervene whenever a US citizen is in trouble abroad. This i've seen for decades now and even with other western governments.

    It did get me thinking why the Indian govt wasn't pro-active like this. And then one fine day it did happen.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990_a...ns_from_Kuwait

    That did stun us and we felt at that point the govt was doing something.
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