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Andrew Tate may be extradited to face sex offense allegations in UK, but not yet, Romanian court rules

Bucharest, Romania — A court in the Romanian capital on Tuesday granted British authorities' request to extradite controversial online influencer Andrew Tate, but only after legal proceedings against him in Romania were concluded, its spokesman said. The decision by the Bucharest Court of Appeal comes after Tate, 37, and his brother Tristan Tate were arrested on Monday evening on arrest warrants issued by British authorities following allegations of sexual assault in a British case dating back to 2012-2015.

The appeals court, where the Tate brothers appeared Tuesday handcuffed and escorted by police, also ordered their immediate release, spokesperson Mateea Petrescu said.

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Andrew Tate, British-American former professional kickboxer and controversial influencer, is led by police officers past the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, March 12, 2024, following his and his brother's arrest on charges of sexual offenses in the United Kingdom.

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Eugen Vidineac, Tate's lawyer, welcomed the court's decision, saying it “offers the brothers the opportunity to fully participate in their defense” and that the legal proceedings “are taking place in a transparent manner.”

Four women had reported Tate to British authorities over allegations of sexual and physical abuse, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute him. The alleged victims then turned to crowdfunding to cover their legal costs as they filed a civil suit against him.

“We submitted our evidence of the horrific acts of violence we endured and waited for action. But four years later we were told that the British authorities would not prosecute him,” they say on their page the country. “It’s our only way to hold him accountable.”

It is not yet clear what Tristan Tate is accused of in the United Kingdom.

Petrescu said Tuesday that the Tate brothers reject the accusations and “express their deep disappointment that such serious allegations would be resurrected without substantial new evidence.”

Tate is indicted in separate case in Romania with rape, human trafficking and the formation of a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. He was arrested near Bucharest in December 2022 with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women. Romanian prosecutors formally charged all four in June last year and denied the allegations.

Andrew Tate, who has 8.9 million followers on the social network X, has repeatedly claimed that Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him and that there is a political conspiracy to silence him. He had previously been banned from various prominent social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and for hate speech.

A message appeared on Tate's X account on Tuesday that read: “The Matrix is ​​afraid, but I only fear God.” He uses the term “Matrix” to refer to what he sees as a vast conspiracy targeting men.

McCue Jury & Partners, the law firm representing the four British women who accuse Andrew Tate of rape and serious physical and sexual assault, said in a statement on Tuesday that it had urged British police to “immediately seek a warrant” against Tate's detention and extradition after receiving information last week that he may be planning to flee Romania.

“Today's news is welcome as many feared that Tate would seek to evade justice in Romania and abroad,” said Matthew Jury, managing partner of the law firm. “We are grateful to the British authorities for taking our concerns seriously and issuing an arrest warrant. Tate is accused of serious criminal offenses against a large number of victims and he must be held accountable.”

The jury said that whatever the outcome of the Romanian trial, Tate will also face prosecution in England.

He added that since Tate was arrested in Romania, he has “spread a large amount of misinformation about the criminal charges he faces in the UK” in high-profile interviews with popular media figures such as Tucker Carlson and Piers Morgan.

After their arrest in Romania, the Tate brothers were detained by police for three months before being transferred to house arrest. They were then limited to areas of Bucharest Municipality and neighboring Ilfov County. Currently, they cannot leave Romania. The court case in Romania is still being discussed in the pre-chamber stage, a process in which defendants can challenge prosecutors' evidence. No trial date has been set.

In January, Tate won an appeal challenging the seizure of his assets by Romanian authorities, which were confiscated in the weeks following his arrest.

Romanian authorities seized 15 luxury cars, 14 designer watches and cash in several currencies worth an estimated 3.6 million euros ($3.9 million).

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