Andrew Tate, brother Tristan appear in court in Romania to appeal detention


BUCHAREST, Romania – Controversial Internet personality Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan appeared in a Romanian court on Tuesday to appeal their detention on charges of human trafficking and forcing women to participate in online pornography.

Tate – a former kickboxing champion and self-described abuser – handcuffed his brother Tristan and got out of a police van as he arrived at a Bucharest court on Tuesday to appeal a judge’s decision to keep him in custody for 30 days as prosecutors Trying to send them. Tate appeared at the hearing holding a Koran as her brother waved to reporters outside.

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The two brothers and two Romanian female accomplices were arrested last month. Apart from human trafficking, the accused were also accused of forming an organized crime group. One was also charged with rape, although authorities declined to identify the man, citing local laws.

Andrew Tate, brother charged with human trafficking in Romania

The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, or DIICOT, said in a statement on December 29 that it had identified six people who were recruited and then sexually assaulted in Ilfov County, including the capital Bucharest. Is.

Authorities said the victims were forced to participate in pornographic material to distribute on social media, and one of them raped the victim twice in March. The statement, which did not name the suspects, said the victims were subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion”.

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Tates was in the country legally, DIICOT spokeswoman Ramona Bola said in a Dec. 30 interview, adding that the investigation began after the U.S. Embassy called Romanian authorities in April with information that a U.S. citizen Being involuntarily placed in a home. Ilfov.

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Police said the four suspects organized a group in early 2021, which conspired to smuggle people not only to Romania, but also to the United States and the United Kingdom. A conviction for human trafficking in Romania carries a sentence of three to 10 years. For rape, the sentence can be between five and ten years.

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Andrew Tate, an internet personality and former kickboxing champion, and his brother were detained in Romania on December 29. (Video: Obsevator Antena 1)

Police previously reported searches of two properties in Elof County in April, in which they said they had seized assets related to the case. Tates’ arrest came after police executed five home search warrants, police said. Bola said the alleged American victim is no longer in the country. The other five alleged victims were Romanians and Moldovans.

Sorcher reported from London, Morris from Erkelins, Germany. Timothy Bella and Kelsey Abels contributed to this report.


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