Andrew Tate shouts ‘You know I’m innocent’ as he arrives at Romanian court with his brother to appeal their detention for alleged sex trafficking
Andrew and Tristan Tate have arrived at the Bucharest Court of Appeal to challenge the extension of their detention period.
Andrew, 36, was heard yelling, ‘you know I’m innocent!’ when he got out of a police van.
The court will test whether the brothers and their alleged accomplices pose a threat to society.
They are currently being held under investigation for alleged ‘formation of an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape’.
If the appeal succeeds, Andrew and Tristan Tate, 34, will be released immediately. If not, they will remain in detention at least until February 27.
Former kickboxing champion Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan arrive in court to attend their appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on Feb. 1, 2023
Andrew (L) and Tristan (R) Tate pictured on Feb. 1 as they head to the Bucharest Court of Appeals
The brothers, as well as Georgiana Naghel and Luana Alexandra Radu, are in custody in Romania.
They were issued a preventive arrest warrant on December 30, 2022 and have since been held by the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania, where both are based.
Prosecutors initially argued that if they were released on bail, the brothers could “exercise psychic control” over the people they are accused of trafficking.
Both have maintained their innocence.
On February 20, the Bucharest Tribunal extended the preventive detention order from January 29 to February 27, and could be further extended.
Andrew Tate (C) and his brother are under investigation for forming a criminal group, human trafficking and rape