Andrew Tate and brother can be extradited to UKon March 12, 2024 at 4:08 pm

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The Tate brothers can be sent back to the UK after separate proceedings in Romania end, a judge ruled.

Andrew and Tristan Tate were detained and appeared in court in Bucharest on Tuesday after arrest warrants were issued by the UK authoritiesImage source, Getty Images

Controversial influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan can be extradited to the UK, a Romanian court has ruled.

Andrew Tate, 37, and Tristan, 35, were detained on Monday in Bucharest after Bedfordshire Police said it had obtained an arrest warrant.

The brothers can be extradited only after the conclusion of their separate trial in Romania on human trafficking charges, a judge ruled.

They have been released from custody.

Speaking outside court Andrew Tate said: “We are very innocent men and in time everybody is going to see that. We are excited to finish this judicial process and clear our names.”

The brothers, who “categorically reject all charges”, will remain under judicial controls in Romania which prevent them travelling outside the country.

Before the extradition was granted by the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Bedfordshire Police confirmed it had obtained the arrest warrant for two men in their 30s as part of an investigation into allegations of rape and human trafficking.

“We understand this is a distressing subject, and people may be impacted by what they are seeing in the news,” the force said in a statement.

According to the brothers’ legal representatives the allegations date back to 2012-2015.

Speaking after they were released one of their lawyers, Eugen Vidineac, said: “We appreciate the Bucharest Court of Appeal’s decision to postpone the extradition of Andrew and Tristan Tate.

“This ruling provides an opportunity for the brothers to participate fully in their defence and for the legal process to proceed in a transparent manner.”

Romanian authorities are investigating separate allegations of rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang – charges the brothers deny.

In December 2022, the brothers were arrested by Romanian authorities and eventually placed under house arrest in the town of Voluntari, on the outskirts of Bucharest. The house arrest was lifted in August last year but they were prevented from leaving Romania.

They are accused of exploiting women via an adult content business, which prosecutors allege operated as a criminal group.

Mr Tate has repeatedly claimed Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him and there is a conspiracy to silence him.

Speaking on Monday Mr Vidineac added: “Our clients are fully committed to actively participating in the legal process and defending their reputation.

“We believe this rumour has originated from a popular online influencer who misconstrued a text message from our clients while streaming live.

“There is simply no truth to it.”

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