The United States State Department has expressed concern on the arrest of rapper A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, and asked Sweden to treat him fairly.
A$AP Rocky was arrested by the Swedish police on 2 July after a street brawl and has been detained awaiting a higher court’s decision but his apparent ill-treatment in prison has triggered an international outcry.
In a statement, the State Department spokesperson said: “There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns us.”
“We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been briefed of the case and his team is closely monitoring the situation.
According to A$AP Rocky’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, President Donald Trump “has made bringing home unjustly held Americans a top priority for his administration”.
Former US ambassador to Sweden, Mark Brzezinski said the attack by the Swedish duo was racially motivated.
A petition calling for the rapper’s release and protesting his alleged ill-treatment has been signed by more than half a million people.