Bucharest [Romania]Dec. 31 (ANI): A Romanian court has ordered a month-long detention for divisive social media figure Andrew Tate and his brother linked to human trafficking and rape cases.
Tate, his brother Tristan and two others were initially detained for 24 hours, CNN reported, citing Romania’s Investigative Directorate for Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
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The Bucharest court accepted DIICOT’s application to detain Tate for another 30 days, the report said. Tate’s lawyer, Eugene Vidinak, told reporters outside court that the decision will be appealed.
“From our point of view, there is no reason to take the strictest precautionary measures prescribed by the criminal procedure code,” he added, according to Reuters.
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DIICOT said the four suspects formed an organized criminal group to carry out human trafficking offences.
They allege that two of the suspects misled the victims “into believing that they intended to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship” when transporting them to Romania.
Authorities also said one of the suspects raped a victim on two separate occasions in March.
Known for his controversial behavior on social media, Tate was a former kickboxing athlete with a 76-9 record in his kickboxing career, according to the British sports bible.
The social media influencer was recently embroiled in a heated Twitter spat with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg that went viral.
Tate, known for his many misogynistic remarks, started the debate by tagging Thunberg in a tweet about his 33 cars and their emissions, which would cause pollute.
Tate tweeted, “Hi @GretaThunberg, I have 33 cars. My Bugatti has w16 8.0L quad turbo. My two Ferrari 812 competiziones have 6.5L v12s. This is just the beginning. Please Provide your email address so I can send a full list of my car collection and their respective colossal emissions.”
To this, Thunberg responded with a harsh jab and wrote, “Yes please enlighten me.” (Arnie)
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