The Stockholm District Court upheld a request by prosecutors to extend the detention of American rapper Rakim Mayers, better known by his stage name A$AP Rocky, for another week on Friday. They now have until July 25 to decide whether to charge the artist with a crime. The court decided to keep the rapper in custody citing 'flight risk'.

"Rakim Mayers, who is a well known super celebrity, [who's] working life, a big part of that is to travel around the world and Europe, and this would mean that he would run away and not come to Europe, and I think that it's not reasonable to think that he would do that, if you look into what he could risk in this case," said A$AP Rocky's lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic.

Mayers was also visited by the US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch.

Posters reading "Free A$AP Rocky ASAP" which can be seen across the city were put up by members of the Swedish music industry who are concerned a boycott by US rappers would affect their jobs.

Prosecutors say A$AP Rocky was involved in a fight in Stockholm, where he performed at a festival on June 30.

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