Romanian Court Denies Release of Andrew Tate Amidst Ongoing Investigation Into Alleged Organized Crime

He questioned whether intent on social media could be considered as evidence in a criminal prosecution case.

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Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer, has had his appeal for release from detention rejected by a Romanian court. He is currently being held in custody in Romania as an investigation continues into alleged organized crime.

The former sports star, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian female suspects were arrested in December on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organized crime group. The suspects have denied any wrongdoing.

Eugen Vidineac, Tate's lawyer, expressed disappointment at the court's decision, stating that "the measure seems excessive to me".

The defense had also appealed against the seizure of the suspects' belongings as well as the prolongation of their arrest warrants, but their appeals were rejected. As a result, the police will continue to hold the suspects for the full 30-day period.

According to Vidineac, the defense has not had the opportunity to study the prosecution's case as the criminal investigation file has not been made available to them.

He argued that there is "no evidence" to support the allegations made against Tate and his clients, and that the defense has not been presented with any evidence apart from the victim's statement.

Furthermore, Vidineac suggested that Tate's social media persona may not be reflective of his real-life self, stating that the former sports star's offensive remarks on social media have led to him being banned from various platforms in the past.

He questioned whether intent on social media could be considered as evidence in a criminal prosecution case.

The lawyer went on to say that his team will be reviewing the decision and will consider taking further actions to ensure the effective defense of their clients.

It is worth noting that the accusations and investigation is ongoing, and the defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty. The case is still ongoing and further information will come to light as the investigation proceed.

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