Asap Rocky formally indicted, defence responds

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The Swedish public prosecutor has Thursday morning formally charged American artist Asap Rocky with assault. His defence lawyer is holding a press conference.

Public prosecutor Daniel Suneson wrote Thursday morning in a press release that they are moving forward with the case despite the protestations of self-defence and provocation.

The prosecutor added that they have used film evidence for this decision, and underlines they have had access to more material than has been available on the internet, and the testimony of the suspected victim has been strengthened by witness statements.

At a Thursday press conference the defence lawyer Slobodan Jovovic says his client admits doing some of the actions he's accused of, and he understands why the prosecutor might think a crime was committed, but that is not the case.

The three people who are currently held for the suspected crime have been in custody since 3th July. The prosecutor says they will continue to be in detention until the trial, proposed to take three days, takes place.

Asap Rocky and the other two people in the case assert that they are innocent.

Unlike the US, Sweden doesn't have a bail system and according to Swedish legal proceedings the rapper can be remanded in detention this whole time.

A person residing in Sweden is unlikely to have been held in detention for the same suspected crime, says the seceretary general of the Swedish bar association Ann Ramberg; but the situation is different for citizens of other countries because the flight risk is deemed more considerable, she says. Today Thursday Anne Ramberg says to news agency TT that the American artist "has been treated according to Swedish praxis," although there can be a discussion about whether the treatment Asap Rocky has been proportionate. There is currently an investigation into the long times suspects are held in Sweden before trial, and the country's system has been criticised by the UN and human rights organisation Council of Europe.

This article will be updated.