Andrew Tate appeals third arrest extension in Romania

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (AP) — Social media influencer and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate, who has been detained in Romania on suspicion of organized crime and human trafficking, arrived Monday at the court of appeals in the capital Bucharest, where he was sentenced to death last week. I appealed the decision. Detention he extends for 30 days.

Tate, 36, a British and US citizen with 5.2 million Twitter followers and known for her misogynistic views, arrives at the Bucharest Court of Appeals handcuffed by her brother Tristan, who is also detained in the same case. Did. Two Romanian women involved in the incident are also under house arrest.

Tates, who was first detained in Bucharest in late December, seeks to overturn the judge’s ruling. Decided on February 21 A third 30-day extension of detention at the request of the public prosecutor. They will remain in custody until at least late March if the court decides against them on Monday.

the brothers are already Last two appeals for the previous 30-day extension that had them in jail while the investigation continued. None of the four have yet been formally charged.

Documents describing the previous decision to imprison them indicated that judges had “a particular danger to the defendants” and the ability to identify victims “who were more vulnerable in their quest for better life opportunities.” He said he considered

Tate, who has lived in Romania since 2017, was banned from various social media platforms for voicing misogyny and hate speech. , claimed their affair was a “political” conspiracy designed to silence him.

Romania’s anti-organized crime agency said in a post-arrest statement in December that six victims had been subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” in human trafficking cases and sexually exploited by members of criminal groups. He said he had identified a person.

According to the agency, victims were lured under the pretense of love and later blackmailed, placed under surveillance, subjected to other control tactics, and coerced into engaging in pornographic acts for the financial gain of the criminal group. It was

In January, Romanian authorities descended on a property linked to the Tate brothers near Bucharest, towing luxury cars including Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and Porsches. bottom.

Prosecutors say that if the car owner can prove that he or she made money through trafficking or other illegal activities, the money will be used to pay for the investigation and compensate the victims. Tate also filed an appeal against the foreclosure.


Stephen McGrath reported from Sighisoara.