Sweden’s Ambassador Says Black People Are Welcome in Sweden After ASAP Rocky Arrest
Sweden's ambassador has just spoken up on the matter of the detained A$AP Rocky, who was arrested on suspicion of assault after being seen fighting a man on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden at the beginning of the month.
Karin Olofsdotter, who works as the country's ambassador, spoke to TMZ on Thursday (July 18), and while she only intermittently addressed Rocky's situation directly, she did broadly speak on the reasons why people can be kept in jail or released on bond.
"If a person is to be held in custody or remand depends on a lot of the things," she said. "If the sentence carries more than one year—if the crime possibly gives more than year—and also if there's a risk of absconding, which means leaving the country. [Also] if the person hasn't presented the proper name and is not a resident of Sweden, so it all depends on the circumstances."
When she was challenged by TMZ's Harvey Levin about purported evidence that the man Rocky fought is seen on video assaulting the rapper's crew first and yet he's not in jail, she insinuated that Rocky's crime may be more serious, but noted that she cannot comment on individual cases. However, she did reveal that the other man had a charge as well.
"There is also a charge against that person," she said, though she would not elaborate.
Olofsdotter also refuted the claims that Rocky is in inhumane conditions inside of his cell, and noted that his lawyer also refuted the claims. However, Levin countered that they spoke with Rocky's U.S. lawyer, who maintains the initial claim that his client's conditions are deplorable. This appears to confirm that the lawyer who made a statement to Swedish media is a secondary lawyer appointed to Rocky by their country.
When TMZ's Van Lathan expressed concerns that Black people shouldn't travel to Sweden, Olofsdotter encouraged anyone to come.
"I would say that [Black people] are more than welcome to Sweden, and actually Sweden is ranked top five countries in the world when it comes to rule of law," she said. "So I would say it's perfectly safe and people are of course more than welcome. The more Americans who want to come to Sweden, the better!"
You can hear what Karin Olofsdotter said for yourself below.
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