FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018, file photo, 21 Savage poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A lawyer for 21 Savage says Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, that the Grammy-nominated rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been released on on $100,000 bond from the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Lawyer says rapper 21 Savage freed from immigration custody

February 13, 2019 - 3:53 pm

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was released Wednesday from an immigration detention center in south Georgia, his lawyers said.

The rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released on $100,000 bond, immigration lawyer Tia Smith said in an email. He had been held in the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.

Abraham-Joseph was arrested early Feb. 3 in a targeted operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said. An immigration judge on Tuesday granted him bond.

ICE has said the British citizen overstayed his visa and has an October 2014 felony conviction in Fulton County.

His lawyers have said the 26-year-old rapper was brought to the U.S. when he was 7 and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own. They've disputed that he has a felony conviction, and immigration attorney Charles Kuck said ICE lawyers backed off that claim during Tuesday's hearing.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said Wednesday he had no further comment.

Abraham-Joseph applied for a new visa in 2017, and that case remains pending, Kuck said.

"If it follows the normal trajectory, it could go on for two or three years," Kuck said, adding that, in the meantime, "he gets his life back."

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