A Romanian court has upheld the 30-day detention of former kickboxing champion Andrew Tate. Along with his brother Tristan, Tate was arrested on December 29 from their home in Romania on charges of sex trafficking.
The 36-year-old British-American citizen was first arrested for a period of 24 hours, but then both his and his brother’s periods of detention were extended to 30 days by a Romanian court. Tate had appealed against the decision, but to no avail.
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The Associated Press reports that appeals of Andrew, Tristan, and their two associates were rejected by a Bucharest Court of Appeal judge. A document explaining the rejection stated that “the possibility of them evading investigations cannot be ignored,” further adding that they can “leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition.”
Just a day before his arrest, Tate had a viral Twitter exchange with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, in which he bragged about his car collection and how much emission each one of them produced. He even asked Thunberg to provide him with her email id so that he could send her details of their emissions.
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Thunberg replied that he should send the details to [email protected], which prompted a video response from the former kickboxer. In the video, two boxes of pizzas are handed over to Tate, who tells a person (who is off camera) to make sure these pizza boxes are not recycled.
The Romanian police have claimed that the name of the pizza chain on the boxes in the video was the one that gave Tate away. Soon, both he and his brother, and two other people who are reportedly Romanian citizens, were arrested by the DIICOT, which is an agency dedicated to fighting organized crime.