Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer and internet personality with millions of followers, has been released from a Romanian jail and placed under house arrest, along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women. The four suspects were detained in December 2022 on suspicion of organized crime, human trafficking and rape, but have not yet been formally charged.
According to Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the suspects allegedly formed an organized criminal group that operated in Romania, Britain and the United States, and lured victims into sexual exploitation with deception, violence and coercion. At least six victims were identified by the authorities.
The Tate brothers have denied any wrongdoing and claimed that they are innocent and victims of a political conspiracy, have also accused the Romanian justice system of being unfair and corrupt. But on Friday, March 31, 2023, the Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled in favor of their appeal to replace their detention with house arrest, after they had spent more than three months in jail. The court’s decision was final and cannot be challenged by the prosecutors.
As they left the detention facility, the Tate brothers expressed their gratitude to the judges and their confidence that they will be cleared of all charges. They also said they have no resentment towards Romania or anyone else. The suspects will remain under house arrest until April 29, 2023, while the investigation continues. They are also expected to wear electronic bracelets and report to the police regularly.
The case has attracted a lot of attention from the media and the public, especially among Andrew Tate’s over 5 million fans, who have shown their support online and some outside the detention facility. Andrew Tate is known for his controversial views on several topics, such as women, politics, and religion. He has been banned from several social media platforms for violating their policies on hate speech and harassment. This case also raises questions about the state of human trafficking in Romania and Europe, and the challenges of combating this serious crime that affects millions of people worldwide.
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