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Andrew Tate awaits ruling on appeal of detention in Romania

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2023 | 9:48 AM
Police officers escort Andrew Tate (right) handcuffed to his brother Tristan Tate, to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, February 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrew Tate, the divisive influencer and former professional kickboxer who is detained in Romania on suspicion of organised crime and human trafficking, appeared at a court in Bucharest on Wednesday to appeal against a second 30-day extension of his detention.

Tate, 36, a British-US citizen who has nearly five million followers on Twitter, arrived at the Bucharest Court of Appeal handcuffed to his brother Tristan, who is being held in the same case along with two Romanian women.

All four, who were initially detained in Bucharest in late December, will look to overturn a judge's January 20 decision to extend for a second time their detention by 30 days at the request of prosecutors. They previously lost an appeal against an earlier extension.

A document seen by The Associated Press explaining the January 20 decision, said the judge took into account the “particular dangerousness of the defendants” and their capacity to identify victims “with an increased vulnerability, in search of better life opportunities.”

Ioan Gliga, a lawyer representing the Tate brothers, told the media Wednesday that the defence presented “solid arguments” that the extended detention period “is not necessary.”

“The probationary (period) originally considered the value of this preventative measure for 30 days and it was significantly diluted by other means of evidence administered in the meantime,” he said.

As the Tates left the court after a morning hearing, Andrew Tate said: “Ask them for evidence and they will give you none, because it doesn't exist. You'll find out the truth of this case soon.”

If the court rejects their appeal, all four will remain in custody until February 27 as prosecutors continue investigating the case.

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