Romanian courts have upheld the decision of extending the detention of Andrew Tate, a controversial influencer, to 30 days.
Tristan, the British-American national, and Tristan are currently in custody on suspicion of human trafficking and rape.
Andrew Tate is a former professional kickboxer and influencer who lost his appeal to the Bucharest Court of Appeal. The appeal was against a 20 January judge’s decision to extend Tate’s arrest for another 30 days. Ramona Bolla spoke for DIICOT, Romania’s anti-organized criminal agency.
The 36-year old arrived at court handcuffed with his brother Tristan, who was also being held in the same case as two Romanian women.
The Tates are accused of seducing their victims and falsely claiming they want a relationship or marriage.
Prosecutors claim that the women were forced to make pornographic content by duress.
Andrew Tate is also charged with raping one victim in March 2022.
The allegations are denied by all four.
All four of their appeals against an extension of their arrests by 30 days were rejected by the court. They will remain in custody until February 27th as prosecutors continue to investigate the case.
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The Associated Press news agency obtained a document explaining that the judge made the 20-January decision. It stated that the judge considered the “particular Dangerousness” of the defendants and their ability to identify victims with “an increased vulnerability, in pursuit of better life opportunities.”
Ioan Gliga, a lawyer for the Tate brothers, stated that the defense presented “solid arguments” to support the claim that an extended detention period was not necessary.
Tina Glandian (a US lawyer) said that there is no evidence against the Tates at a Wednesday news conference.
During the hearing, both brothers addressed the court in turn and were “very forthcoming”, stated Ms Glandian.
She stated that the absence of evidence was demonstrated by the fact that no charges were filed despite the brothers being held for over a month and the police investigation continuing since April.
She called it “violation international human rights and due process of law” but suggested that “outside pressures” were keeping them locked up.
Ms Glandian stated that Tristan Tate was also unable to meet his three-week-old baby.
She denied that the brothers could flee Romania, and suggested other options such as house arrest or removal of passports.
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Andrew Tate, a man who is reported to have lived in Romania since 2017, was previously expelled from several social media platforms due to his expressing hate speech and misogynistic views.
He claimed that there was “zero evidence” against his in the case, and claimed it was a political attack to silence.
“My case isn’t criminal, it’s political. It’s not about justice and fairness. It’s about attacking me influence on the world,” read a tweet that appeared on his Twitter account, which was restored in November.
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The two women and Tates were taken into custody. After that, DIICOT, Romania’s antiorganised crime agency, stated in a statement it had identified six victims of human trafficking. They were subject to “acts physical violence and mental coercion” as well as sexually exploited and exploited by the alleged crime group.
According to the agency, victims were lured by pretenses of love and then intimidated, monitored and subjected other control tactics. They were also coerced into participating in pornographic acts in exchange for significant financial gains.
Romanian authorities arrived at a Bucharest compound earlier in January to remove a fleet luxury cars, including a Rolls-Royce blue, Ferrari, and Porsche.
They claimed to have seize assets valued at $3.9m (PS3.2m).
Prosecutors stated that they could prove that the owners made illicit money from human trafficking and would use the assets to pay the costs of the investigation as well as to compensate victims.
Tate unsuccessfully appealed against the asset seizure.