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A$AP Rocky Can Turn The Page On Sweden Assault Case As Prosecutor Decides Not To Appeal
The prosecutor has decided not to appeal the rapper’s conditional sentence of two years probation.
A$AP Rocky’s Swedish assault case has truly come to a close, with the prosecutor in the case announcing this week that he will not be appealing the rapper’s sentence.
The 30-year-old rapper, born Rakim Mayers, was found guilty of assault earlier this month in relation to a June 30 street fight in Stockholm that landed him in jail for a number of weeks. Following a trial that attracted international attention, Rocky was given a conditional sentence stipulating a two-year probationary period, according to CNN.
Although public prosecutor Daniel Suneson asked that the rapper spend six months in jail, he will not be appealing the decision, he announced Tuesday.
“I have accepted the District Court’s evaluation of the evidence, in as much as the use of whole or broken bottles during the assault has not been proven,” he said. “In my opinion, the criminal act has a somewhat higher penal value than the two months decided by the District Court; however, after due consideration, I have chosen not to appeal the verdict.”
“All three defendants have in fact been brought to justice for assault and the District Court has dismissed the plea of self-defense, something that I believe was important to clarify in this particular case,” he continued.
Rocky and his two co-defendants claimed that they acted in self-defense. The alleged victim, 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari, claimed during the trial that he was hit with a broken bottle during the fight and that he feared for his life. However, no claims related to the use of a broken bottle during the fight were proven.
Although Jafari, who claimed that he was left with various injuries after the fight, sought around $14,600 in damages, the court ultimately awarded him only $1,300 “for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering,” according to CNN.
Rocky and his companions were also ordered to pay Jafari’s lawyer fees, which totaled nearly $8,400.
Following the verdict, Rocky said in an Instagram post that he was “disappointed” by the conclusion of the case, but thanked his fans and loved ones for their support during the lengthy ordeal.
The case attracted widespread attention, with the likes of Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump commenting publicly on the case and attempting to help Rocky gain his freedom.