21 Savage: Rapper wins release on bond ahead of US deportation hearing

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Rapper 21 Savage has been granted release from US custody on bond and will be freed on Wednesday in the lead-up to his deportation hearing, his lawyers say.

The 26-year-old, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested last week by US immigration agents.

They say he is British and in the US illegally.

He moved to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, US officials say.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say the musician is a convicted felon.

His lawyers have accused the US of trying to “intimidate” the rapper into leaving the country.

They say he arrived in the US from the UK in 1999, aged seven

For many, the rapper’s arrest came out of the blue and has raised more questions than answers.

Mr Kuck said the move was “based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges” and that his client had never tried to conceal his immigration status from authorities.

In 2017, he applied for a US “U Visa” on the basis that he had been the “victim of crime”, he added.

U Visas are given to non-citizen victims of crime who intend to co-operate with US authorities.

In 2013, the rapper was shot six times on his 21st birthday in an attack that took the life of his best friend.

Mr Kuck said earlier that 21 Savage was “not a flight risk” and was a “prominent member of the music industry” who would be recognised if he tried to flee.

He said the rapper also had US-born children, which should prevent his client’s deportation.

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