by DAVID KEYTON | The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM - A Swedish court on Wednesday declared US rapper A $ AP Rocky guilty of assaulting his role in a street fight in Stockholm on June 30, drawing all the attention of US President Donald Trump. 30's rapper, his real name Rakim Mayers, and his two bodyguards allegedly beat and kicked the victim during the fight, the three defendants were not facing immediate prison and were not obliged to assist verdict pronounced by the Stockholm District Court
The court sentenced all three to a "suspended sentence", which means they are unlikely to be sentenced to prison in Sweden unless they commit another similar offense in the country. .
were released the August 2, pending the verdict and returned to the United States, were ordered to pay a total compensation of 12 500 crowns (1 310 dollars) to the victim.
The artist pleaded for self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a clash with the two men who, he said, followed his entourage persistently. One of the men fought with one of the Mayers' two bodyguards, the rapper said at the hearing.
The court said the defendants "were not in a situation where they had the right to defend themselves".
"In its overall assessment, the court finds that the assault was not of such gravity that one must choose a prison sentence," said the court.
This type of punishment is consistent with other Swedish cases.
During the trial, prosecutors watched a video clip showing the rapper throwing a young man on the floor
Although the victim, Mustafa Jafari, aged 19, was hit in the back of the head with a bottle, Presiding Judge Lennerbrant said he could "not be established by whom" and that this incapacity " affected the assessment of the gravity of the crime. "
Slobodan Jovicic, Mayers' Swedish defense lawyer, was "disappointed" by the verdict and said he was looking for "a complete acquittal. "
Prior to his release, Mayers told the court that Jafari and his friend had refused to leave despite several calls and said they appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
Testifying in court, Jafari said he remembered the events were confused because of the blows to the head during the fight. He had already told the police that he was angry because his headphones had been broken during the first fight with a bodyguard.
A general brawl ensued soon after and prosecutors allege that Mayers and his bodyguards - David Rispers, Jr. and Bladimir Corniel. - beat and kicked Jafari while he was on the ground. They claimed that Jafari had been hit with pieces or a whole bottle.
Jafari claimed that the rapper pushed him to the ground. The prosecution viewed in court a video clip showing Mayers throwing a young man to the ground and photos showing cuts, bruises and blood-stained clothing of the alleged victim.
The case has attracted the attention of American celebrities and his countryman. recording artists, including Sean "Diddy" Combs and Justin Bieber. A social media campaign, #JusticeForRocky, called for his release.
The issue has also become a topic of US-Swedish diplomatic conversation.
United States. President Trump intervened on behalf of the rapper while he was in prison and called on Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, offering to personally guarantee his release on bail, but the Swedish leader said he could not intervene in a judicial affair. Trump then saluted the release of Mayers and his bodyguards.
Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.
This article appeared first (in English) on mercurynews.com