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U.S. State Department Warns Sweden Regarding A$AP Rocky Arrest: 'Treat American Citizens Fairly & With Respect'

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A$AP Rocky attends the Pre-Grammy Gala and Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Clarence Avant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 9, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

A$AP Rocky has remained in Swedish detention since his arrest on July 3. With reports circulating of his mistreatment behind bars and no clear path to his release anytime in sight, Politico learned Sunday that the U.S. Department of State has issued a warning of sorts urging the Swedish government to make sure Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, is treated properly in prison.

"There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns," a department spokesperson said in a statement. "We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see A$AP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon."

The report goes on to state that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been briefed on the issue and many top officials will continue to monitor the Harlem native's situation very closely. Prosecutors in Sweden legally have until Friday to decide if they will pursue assault charges against Rocky and three others in his crew. Rocky was arrested July 3 following an altercation before his performance at SMASH festival.

A petition calling for Rocky's release on Change.org has accumulated nearly 600,000 signatures and has been shared by Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Post Malone and more famous friends.

 

 

 


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