A court in Romania has upheld the decision to extend the detainment of Andrew Tate from 24 hours to 30 days. Per the Associated Press, the decision to extend Tate’s arrest was driven by the possibility that he could evade further investigation or flee to a nation that doesn’t allow for extradition.
Andrew Tate and his brother, Tristan, are among at least four people who have been accused of engaging in organized crime, human trafficking and rape. Thus far, the Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT has reportedly identified at least six women who were victims of “physical violence and mental coercion” employed by the group. DIICOT claims that the group lured women under the pretense of romance before using intimidation and surveillance to force them to perform pornographic activities that would generate income.
DIICOT Spokesperson Ramona Bolla says the agency has seized at least 15 cars and 10 properties owned by the group of four. If the agency can prove the group obtained the money used to purchase these items through illegal activity, they “will be taken by the state and (will) cover the expenses of the investigation and damages to the victims.”
Andrew Tate nor his brother, Tristan, have issued a statement regarding his arrest. However, an account registered to Andrew Tate has sent out several messages within the last few days.
“When Allah said ‘I test only those I love.’ I took the pain like it was an honour,” he tweeted on January 10.
Tate will serve the remainder of his 30-day sentence in Romania. From there, prosecutors can request to extend the detainment of all four men accused of engaging in illegal activities for 180 days.