Andrew Tate, an online personality known for making misogynistic comments, has lost a legal bid to prematurely end his pre-trial detention in Romania. He will remain in custody until at least the end of the month.
Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian women were arrested on 29 December last year in relation to an investigation into suspected human trafficking, rape and the formation of an organised crime group.
Why was the appeal refused?
According to a widely-reported document, the judge said the “financial capacity” of Tate and his brother meant “the possibility of them evading investigations cannot be ignored”.
The judge also said the suspects could “leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition”.
Tate and his brother deny all allegations.
What happens now?
Tate, his brother, and the two women will remain in Romanian detention until at least the end of the month.
As the appeal has now failed, prosecutors can now request a further detention period of up to 180 days.
Authorities will continue to hold a total of 15 cars and 10 properties, owned by Tate and his brother, which can be used under Romanian law to pay for the investigation or damages to victims if they are eventually convicted.