A$AP Rocky Arrest Caused US Government to Threaten Sweden With "Negative Consequences"

Revealed by leaked diplomatic papers.

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Though A$AP Rocky is now safe and sound in America awaiting the results of his much-publicized trial in Sweden, the slow trickle of revelations related to the conflagration continues. In newly-revealed leaked documents, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs who flew out to Sweden to support Rocky during the assault trial, Robert C. O’Brien, sent a letter to Sweden’s Prosecution Authority threatening “negative consequences” if the rapper’s case was not resolved “as soon as possible.”

CNN obtained the entire text of a document written by O’Brien and delivered to Swedish Prosecutor-General Petra Lundh on July 31. In it, O’Brien explained that he sought “immediate humanitarian release” for Rocky and his team, asserting that America’s aims were “to resolve this case as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences to the US-Swedish bilateral relationship.”

In response, Lundh sent a letter the following day, reaffirming the hands-off bylaws set in place by the Swedish Constitution, as exhorted by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven several days prior. “A Swedish prosecutor is independent in his or her tasks to investigate crimes. … No other prosecutor, not even I, may interfere with a specific case or try to affect the prosecutor responsible,” explained Lundh. “Furthermore, when a person is charged and the case is brought before a court, only the court can decide, during or after the trial, whether or not to release the person or decide on supervised detention.” In response to the leaked documents, a US Department of State official told CNN, “We can’t comment on diplomatic communications.”

A$AP Rocky’s case, which will receive a final judgment in August, has caused much consternation amidst onlookers as the other men involved in the alleged assault were resolved of any crimes and further investigations revealed the incident’s complexities. Despite the challenges of sorting through the matters at hand, friends of Rocky have already made their stances clear, with Tyler, The Creator and ScHoolboy Q announcing plans to boycott Sweden.

Read the full leaked diplomatic documents below.

Stockholm, Sweden
July 31, 2019

Prosecution Authority of the Kingdom of Sweden:

On behalf of the US. Government, I present my compliments to the Prosecution Authority of the Kingdom of Sweden and with respect to the upcoming legal proceedings in the case of detained American citizens Rakim Mayers, David Rispers, and Bladimir Corniel, the US. Government requests the following:

-Immediate humanitarian release from the current Kronoberg Remand Prison.
-Supervised detention in a local Stockholm hotel pending final disposition of the case.

I take this opportunity to remind the Prosecution Authority of the commitment by President Trump to Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen that the three Americans will remain in Sweden if granted a humanitarian release.

As Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, I stressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice officials on July 29, 2019, the government of the United States of America wants to resolve this case as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences to the U.S.~Swedish bilateral relationship.

I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to the Prosecution Authority of the Kingdom of Sweden the assurances of my highest consideration.

Very truly yours,

Ambassador Robert O’Brien
Special Presidential Envoy

The Prosecution Authority of Sweden,

Stockholm.

Ambassador Robert O’Brien
Special Presidential Envoy

Dear Mr. Ambassador

I have received Your letter and carefully taken part of Your concerns and requests regarding the American citizens and the case You are referring to.

According to the Swedish Constitution, a Swedish prosecutor is independent in his or her tasks to investigate crimes, to decide whether or not to instigate legal proceedings and to appear in court.

This means that no other prosecutor, not even I, may interfere with a specific case or try to affect the prosecutor responsible for the case in how he or she should decide or otherwise act with regard to the case.

Furthermore, when a person is charged and. the case is brought before a court, only the court can decide, during or after the trial, whether or not to release the person or decide on supervised detention.

I fully respect Your commitment in representing Your citizens but as I have explained above, I am unable to and therefore not take any action to accommodate Your requests.

Yours sincerely,

Petra Lundh
Prosecutor-General of Sweden

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