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A Romanian court docket on Tuesday denied social media persona Andrew Tate’s request to be launched on bail from police custody pending a prison investigation into alleged intercourse trafficking.
Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian feminine suspects have been underneath police detention since 29 December as prosecutors examine them for suspected human trafficking, rape and forming a prison gang to sexually exploit girls, accusations they’ve denied.
The Bucharest court docket stated Tate’s request to have police custody changed with a restricted launch on bail was “inadmissible in precept”.
His defence crew stated they had been “upset on this end result” and that they’ll enchantment the ruling.
The court docket will rule on an analogous request filed by Tristan Tate on 15 March.
Prosecutors have stated the Tate brothers recruited victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to desire a relationship or marriage. The victims had been then coerced to provide pornographic content material for social media websites.
Romanian courts have prolonged the detention of the Tate brothers, who’ve twin US and British nationality till 29 March and prosecutors are anticipated to ask for an additional extension when the time period expires.
Prosecutors can ask Romanian courts to increase suspects’ detention for as much as 180 days.
Tate, who has been based mostly primarily in Romania since 2017, is a web-based influencer and self-described misogynist who has constructed up a following of thousands and thousands of followers, significantly amongst younger males drawn to his hyper-macho picture.
Whereas in detention, Tate has made multi-pronged makes an attempt to defend himself, together with attempting to recruit lawmakers to his trigger and making an attempt to intimidate a few of his alleged victims, in line with wiretaps of his cellphone calls submitted to the court docket by prosecutors.