Andrew Tate loses appeal to have 30-day detention overturned

Controversial influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate has been dealing with a plethora of legal issues.

Last month, the Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT arrested Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian female suspects.

They are all incarcerated while an investigation into their crimes is ongoing. All four suspects contested their arrest extension on December 30.

According to a document outlining the judge’s reasoning for their 30-day detention, “the possibility of them evading investigations cannot be ignored.”

Additionally, it stated that the suspects could “leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition.”

Through their attorney Eugen Vidineac, the Tate brothers have denied any involvement and have challenged the arrest warrant as well.

The brothers claimed there was no evidence to convict them. They were seen handcuffed together as they entered court on Tuesday morning. Prosecutors have asked for an extension of the brothers’ detention for up to 180 days while they investigate the alleged crimes.

Last year, Tate achieved huge fame as an online celebrity, thanks to his opinions which are often characterized as “dangerous” and “misogynistic.”

Since Tate’s online persona may not accurately represent who he is in real life, Vidineac has claimed that it cannot be “used as evidence in a criminal trial.”

In an interview that was translated and shared on Tate’s Twitter page, Mr. Vidineac said: “Even up to the present moment, the criminal investigation file has not been made available to us to ensure the effective defense of our clients.”

“In this sense, I would like to point out, at least from this point of view, I am also somehow amazed, there is not a single piece of evidence apart from the victim’s statement that leads to the idea that a crime of rape was committed.”

“In my view, there is no evidence to the formation of an opinion of reasonable suspicion regarding the commission of offences provided for and punishable by criminal law. In this case we are talking about human trafficking and organized crime.”