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Submitted: August 14, 2019

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A$AP Rocky is guilty of the charges against him, as he and two other men beat up someone in Stockholm. A Swedish court convicted him, and what seems to shock the Americans about this, is that he doesn’t go to jail. Which is obvious. He’s going to have to pay a fine and the cost of the attack or the victim, but in theory, as long as he doesn’t break the law while in Sweden during the next two years, he’s off the hook.

This caused a hilarious uproar in Twitter, and there are two things that came up. He does not have to serve time in prison. I was expecting that, because in Finland, you wouldn’t. Sweden has a very similar judicial system with similar punishments, so I wasn’t surprised. No one goes to prison for beating someone up, at least not for a long time. A two-year period of monitoring and a fine is pretty common. But I guess that’s the difference between US judicial system and the Swedish one.

The second thing that people said was the self defence idea. Yes, it may have been true that the other guy started by following them and talking, but he was the one on the ground being beat up. I know that in the US if someone makes you feel threatened you can pretty much shoot them and it’s self defence, but again, Sweden has different legislation. Even if Rocky and his friends knocked the guy down in self defence, they could’ve left then. Staying and hitting him more is a crime. It’s not self defence anymore. That’s the point where you step back and call the police that hey, this guy tried to attack me. You don’t continue the “defence”.

I can’t wait for Trump to hear about this and talk shit about how dare Sweden convict a US citizen of a crime? Löfven should’ve done something. Obviously, then he would be wrong and if he doesn’t say anything about this case, good. He shouldn’t. Trias politica is fucked in the US, but in Sweden it actually works. Politicians can’t say shit about court cases, let alone say that they have to change the conviction. That’s just not allowed.

I am surprised that I ended up defending Sweden, because many people were calling it a shitty country and all, and I was there like, hey. It’s the fucking best country in the world. Okay, maybe not the best, but that’s only because my inner Finn can’t admit that. But definitely in the top five, I’d say. Besides, you can’t condemn a country of 10 million just because their judges do their job properly and their politicians don’t act corruptly. I don’t condemn all 300 million Americans as shitbags just because I don’t agree with the decisions their government makes.

The bottom line is that no matter what citizenship or nationality you have, when you’re in another country, you abide by their laws. What is self defence in your country, may not be self defence in that country. Random things are illegal in some countries, while somewhere they might be completely normal. Saying that you didn’t know isn’t effective, especially in a violent crime, because those are pretty commonly not acceptable anywhere.

Seriously, good job Sweden. You handled this weird as fuck case professionally and as a democratic country, that’s what you should’ve done. I will always love Sweden although I am a little jealous of you, but good job. Let’s just hope Trump doesn’t make himself look any more stupid with this case than he already has done. Or maybe that doesn’t matter. We’ll get a laugh out of it.


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