Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan Tate were released from Romanian jail on Friday and placed under house arrest. The two are being investigated for alleged human trafficking and sexual assault.
The Tate brothers will now serve 30 days of house arrest, according to court documents. They were arrested in December 2022 and have been held in pre-trial detention, which was extended last week.
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An appeals court on Friday rejected the prosecution’s proposal to extend the pre-trial detention. It ordered that the brothers be placed under house arrest, AFP reported citing a court ruling.
A spokesperson for Romania’s anti-organised crime agency, DIICOT, said that the Bucharest court of appeal ruled in favour of Tate’s appeal. The brothers have been accused of human trafficking and allegedly subjecting the victims to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion.”
They have denied all charges. DIICOT in December said that it had identified six victims.
The agency further added that the Tate brothers lured their victims with pretences of love and later intimidated them by placing them under surveillance. The victims were also coerced into engaging in pornographic acts.
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Andrew Tate is was a professional kickboxer. He has millions of followers online. Authorities in Romania said that they had seized goods and money worth almost £3.25m from his villa at the time of his arrest. The 36-year-old is banned from Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for rule violations. He was reinstated on Twitter in November 2022.
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Why are the two allowed house arrest?
Andrew Tate’s communications director, Mateea Petrescu, told Sky News that the court does not see the two brothers as ‘danger to public safety, therefore [the authorities] have decided to release them under house arrest’.
“[It’s] just a small step — they are still under investigation. They are absolutely ecstatic. They kept their spirits [in jail], they are really thrilled and looking forward to being at home – they have kept their optimism throughout.”