Controversial social media influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate will be detained for a period of 30 days, a Romanian court announced on Friday.
Tate and his brother Tristan were detained along with two other Romanian nationals earlier this week on charges of sex trafficking. While they were initially held in custody for a period of 24 hours, AFP was later told by a spokesperson of Romania’s The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) that all four suspects are being detained for 30 days before their trial begins.
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Eugen Constantin Vidineac, Tate’s lawyer, said regarding the court’s order, “From our perspective, there are no grounds… for taking this most drastic preventive measure, but it is the judge’s prerogative.”
The DIICOT spokesperson has also revealed that all four detainees have already appealed the decision to extend their custody for 30 more days, but their appeal will not be heard in court before the coming week.
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Tate, earlier this week, had figuratively stubbed his own toe when he tweeted out to climate activist Greta Thunberg that he has 33 different cars and asked for her e-mail address so that he could send emission details of the same to her.
The 19-year-old tweeted back asking Tate to mail her all the details on [email protected], prompting the former kickboxing world champion to send out a video on Twitter where he mocked her, claiming Thunberg has been influenced into believing climate change is real.
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In the video, Tate can be seen asking for pizza, which came in a box of the Romanian pizza chain, Jerry’s Pizza. This was the clue that has reportedly helped the Romanian officials to nab Tate.
While he was being escorted away by the police, a Sky News video captured Tate saying “The matrix has attacked me”, in an apparent reference to what he believes is a worldwide conspiracy being run by the rich, elite and leftist liberals.