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Andrew Tate appeals third arrest to extend his detention

Bucharest, Romania –

Social media influencer and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate, who is detained in Romania on suspicion of organized crime and human trafficking, arrived at the Court of Appeals in the capital Bucharest on Monday to extend his detention for the third time last week. until the 30th.

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.

The Tates, who were originally detained in Bucharest in late December, are seeking to overturn a judge’s decision on Feb. 21 to extend their detention for 30 days at the request of prosecutors. If sentenced, they will remain in custody until at least late March.

The brothers have already lost two appeals to the previous 30-day extension that had them in prison while the investigation continues.None of the four have yet been formally charged.

Documents describing a previous decision to imprison them show that judges identified “the particular dangers of the defendants” and their “increased vulnerability in their quest for better life opportunities.” He said he considered his ability.

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 properties linked to the Tate brothers near Bucharest, towing luxury cars including Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and Porsches. bottom.

Prosecutors say if the owner of the car 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 victims. Tate also did not appeal the foreclosure.

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Stephen McGrath reported from Sighisoara.

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