Andrew Tate, a social media personality, has had his arrest extended by a judge in Romania for another 30 days due to charges of being part of an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape. Prosecutors have requested that Tate, his brother, and two Romanian women remain in detention while the investigation continues.
A lawyer representing the Tate brothers declared the ruling “totally unjustified” and indicated they are likely to appeal it. Romanian authorities have seized assets, worth an estimated $3.9 million, that they claim could have been gained through illicit activities such as human trafficking.
The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) has claimed six victims in the current case were subjected to physical violence and mental coercion. Furthermore, the victims were allegedly sexually exploited by the members of the organized crime group.
It is expected that the investigation will continue for some time and it is unclear when any potential trial might start. The extended detention of the Tates and the two women comes as Romanian authorities have continued to provide zero evidence for the allegations.
The case of Andrew Tate and the allegations of human trafficking have raised awareness of the prevalence of this crime in Romania and the need for the authorities to take action. It remains to be seen whether the Tates will be found guilty and what sentence they might face.