Ex-kickboxer Andrew Tate says Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him

BUCHAREST, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Separatist Internet activist Andrew Tate said on Wednesday there was no justice in Romania and that the case against him and a criminal investigation into allegations of human trafficking and rape were empty.

Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian female suspects have been in police custody since Dec. 29 faces an ongoing criminal investigation on charges of creating a criminal group that abuses women, a charge they deny.

On Thursday, a Romanian court extended their detention until February 27. Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by luring them and claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage.

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The victims were taken to houses on the outskirts of the capital Bucharest and through physical violence and psychological threats were sexually exploited by forcing them to create erotic images. lust for a lucrative social media site, prosecutors said.

They also said that Andrew Tate, a former US and British kickboxer, raped one of them in March last year, which he denied.

“They know we didn’t do anything wrong,” Tate told reporters as he was brought in for further questioning by organized crime prosecutors, the first to speak to the media since his arrest. “This file is completely empty. Of course it is an injustice, there is no justice in Romania which is sad.”

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Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are led by police outside the headquarters of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, in Bucharest, Romania, January 10, 2023. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS

When asked if he had offended women, Tate said: “Absolutely not.”

Earlier this month, Romanian authorities said they had seized goods and money worth 18 million lei ($3.99), including luxury cars and equipment as part of the investigation.

“There is no evidence against me,” Tristan Tate told reporters on Wednesday. “The authorities are planning to steal my car and steal my money, that’s why I’m in jail.”

Prosecutors said it was to prevent the hidden assets.

The Tates “are confident in the defense, they are confident that the evidence supports them, they have given a full explanation, they are cooperating with the authorities,” their lawyer Eugen Vidineac told reporters after questions after that.

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“We believe that conservation is beginning to develop.”

Andrew Tate gained notoriety for offensive comments that got him banned from all social media platforms, although his Twitter account was reinstated in November after Elon Musk acquired the social media network.

Statement by Luiza Ilie and Octav Ganea; Editing by Nick Macfie and Daniel Wallis

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