Andrew Tate: Romania extends jail for rape and human trafficking


influencers Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan stay in police custody till February 27 after a Romanian court docket prolonged their detention on Friday, Tate’s attorneys advised CNN affiliate Antena 3.

The brothers are being investigated for allegations of human trafficking and rape.

Authorities in Romania mentioned the police served search warrants in 5 residences and took 4 suspects into custody as a part of the investigation – two British and two Romanians.

The Romanian Directorate of Investigation into Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) initially mentioned the 4 suspects had been held for twenty-four hours. A court docket in Bucharest accepted a request by DIICOT to detain Tate and his brother Tristan for an extra 30 days, their lawyer Eugen Vidineac mentioned on December 30. This was prolonged once more till February twenty seventh.

DIICOT claimed that the 4 suspects fashioned an organized prison group stretching from Romania to Britain and america to commit the crime of human trafficking.

The company mentioned final Thursday that seven different properties have been searched as a part of the investigation, bringing the entire variety of properties below investigation to 12.

Authorities allege that two of the suspects “tricked the victims into believing that they supposed to enter into marriage/cohabitation” whereas transporting the victims to Romania and later sexually exploited them with bodily violence and coercion.

Authorities additionally mentioned one of many suspects raped a sufferer on two separate events in March 2022. A minimum of six victims have been allegedly “sexually exploited by the organized crime group,” the DIICOT assertion mentioned.

On Monday, Romanian authorities introduced that that they had seized practically $4 million value of Tate property over the previous week. Among the many 29 property seized are motor autos, luxurious watches and sums of cash in a number of completely different currencies, the nation’s Asset Restoration and Administration Company (ANABI) mentioned.

Tate, a former skilled kickboxer, is thought for his viral rants on-line about male dominance, feminine submission and wealth. He overtly advocates violence towards girls and was beforehand banned from all main social media platforms till Elon Musk reactivated his Twitter account after taking on the corporate.

His notoriety started earlier this yr, with many adults, together with faculty lecturers, elevating alarms about his misogynist concepts taking root within the minds of numerous kids. Earlier than it was shut down, his TikTok account had about 11.6 billion views.

He made headlines the week of his arrest for a Twitter interplay with Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg, who advised Tate he ought to get a life after tweeting about his quite a few automobiles “and their respective monumental emissions”.