Andrew Tate to remain in custody in Romania after bail request rejected
A Romanian court has rejected a bail request from the divisive social media influencer and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate who is in detention on suspicion of organised crime and people trafficking.
Tate, 36, a British-US citizen who has 5.3 million Twitter followers, was initially detained in late December in Romania’s capital Bucharest, along with his brother Tristan, and two Romanian women.
None of the four has yet been formally charged in the case.
After a hearing on Tuesday at the Bucharest Tribunal, a judge rejected Tate’s bail request, said Ramona Bolla, a spokesperson for Romania’s anti-organised crime agency DIICOT. It is not clear what bail conditions were proposed by Tate’s legal team.
In Romania, it is rare for defendants under preventative arrest for serious crimes to request bail. More common are requests to be placed under other judicial conditions such as house arrest or geographical restrictions.
The Tate brothers lost an appeal last month against a judge’s decision on February 21 to extend their arrest for a third time for 30 days.
It was the third separate appeal they lost against decisions to extend their detention while investigations continue.
A January court document explaining a previous arrest extension noted “the possibility of them evading investigations cannot be ignored”, and said they could “leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition”.
The Tates will remain in detention until at least March 29.
Before Tuesday’s court decision, a post appeared on Andrew Tate’s Twitter account that read: “If you want a life people will aspire for, you’ll need to be prepared to defend it.”
Tate, who has lived in Romania since 2017, was previously banned from various social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and hate speech.
He has repeatedly claimed Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and alleged their case is a “political” conspiracy designed to silence him.
DIICOT said in a statement after the December arrests that it had identified six victims in the human trafficking case who were allegedly subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” and sexually exploited by members of the alleged crime group.
The agency said victims were lured with pretences of love and later intimidated, placed under surveillance and subjected to other control tactics while being coerced into engaging in pornographic acts for the financial gain of the crime group.
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