Sweden rebuffs Trump over US rapper charges

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Sweden on Friday dismissed an angry outburst from US President Donald Trump after prosecutors charged US rapper A$AP Rocky with assault, saying the country’s judicial system was independent of political interference.

Best known for his song “Praise the Lord”,  the 30-year-old performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained about three weeks ago following a street altercation with two men in Stockholm on June 30.

A$AP Rocky, who was charged on Thursday, will go on trial next week.

Trump, who last week urged Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to free A$AP Rocky, fired off tweets on Thursday saying he was “very disappointed” in Lofven and demanding: “Treat Americans fairly!”

Trump added: “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.”

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