Andrew Tate’s appeal to a court for a 30-day extension in his Romanian detention has been denied. This means that the controversial social media influencer will continue in prison.
Tate was a British-US citizen who appealed in Bucharest against the decision of a judge to place him in a Romanian jail for another 30 days.
His appeal was rejected and he will be held in detention until at most 29 March.
Tate’s fourth request for release from custody has been denied since December 2012, when he was arrested.
A post on Tate’s twitter account before the court’s latest decision read: “If your goal is a life that people want, you must be ready to defend it.”
Tate’s spokesperson stated that Tate was disappointed with the outcome, as he had high hopes for Andrew to be reunited with his family. His legal team will appeal this decision within 48 hours.
Tristan, a former professional kickboxer of 36 years, and the ex-professional kickboxer are under investigation for sexual assault and exploitation.
They are being held on suspicion of human trafficking and organised crime.
They were both taken into custody on 29/12/2013 and neither has been charged.
Two Romanian women, who were also detained with the brothers, have not been charged.
Initial detention of the Tate brothers was for 24 hours. Then, it was extended to 30 days. In January, another 30 days were added, and was again last month.
January court documents explaining an earlier arrest extended noted that “the possibility of their evading investigation cannot be ignored” and suggested they could “leave Romania to settle in countries which do not allow extradition”.
Ramona Bolla is a spokesperson for Romania’s anti-organised crime agency DIICOT. She confirmed Tate’s latest bail request was denied at a hearing at Bucharest Tribunal today.
Tate’s legal team isn’t clear on the bail conditions they proposed.
It is very rare that defendants in Romania under preventative arrest for serious offenses request bail.
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Requests to be placed under other judicial circumstances, such as house arrest and geographical restrictions, are more common.
Tate’s appeal against the ruling of 21 February has been denied by the brothers who lost an earlier appeal.
Tomorrow is Tristan’s new bail appeal hearing.
Romanian authorities claimed they had seize goods and money in excess of PS3.25 million from Tate’s villa. This included luxury cars.
He claimed repeatedly that Romanian prosecutors had no evidence, and that their case was a “political conspiracy” to silence him.
DIICOT stated that six victims of human trafficking were identified by it in a statement following the December arrests. They had allegedly been subject to “acts physical violence and mental coercion” as well as sexual exploited and exploited in this case by the alleged crime organization.
According to the agency, victims were lured by pretences of love. They were then placed under surveillance and forced into pornographic acts in return for financial gain.
Tate has 5.3 Million followers on Twitter. Tate was previously banned from several social media platforms due to her misogynistic views or hate speech.
Rumours suggest that the former Big Brother contestant has lived in Romania since 2017.