On Friday a Swedish district court decided the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should be kept in custody while prosecutors investigate a June 30 street brawl.
Mayers’ lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja immediately appealed the decision but was denied by the court of appeals. He said that his client had therefore chosen to appeal the decision to Sweden’s Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court will this week decide on whether to look at the case, but it only accepts a fraction of cases submitted, accepting those it thinks will provide guidance for the lower courts in future cases.
The district court agreed to a request from Swedish prosecutor Fredrik Karlsson that Mayers be kept in custody during the investigation, one of his arguments being that he was a flight risk.
Olsson Lilja said he thought the case might interest the Supreme Court since he didn’t think the prosecutor had properly justified why Mayers was a flight risk — and that this also needed to be weighed against the consequences for his client, who was on a European tour.
“They haven’t tried this issue in this way before,” he added. The district court’s decision means Mayers can be held in custody for two weeks, while the case is investigated. After that, it would require another hearing to extend his detention.
The rapper has already had to cancel shows in Norway, Poland, Ireland and the UK.