Police investigating sexual allegations against controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother have launched new raids across Romania.
In a series of attacks across Bucharest and elsewhere in Romania, police seized paperwork and computer equipment from several properties allegedly linked to Tate and his brother Tristan.
It comes as media in the country reported that the British consul had visited the brothers in the prison where they are being held after their arrest last month.
They were detained as part of a major investigation into allegations that several women had been trafficked and raped by Luton-born Tate and his brother as part of an organized criminal empire.
Police investigating sexual allegations against controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother have launched new raids across Romania (pictured outside court on Tuesday)
A statement released by the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate said: “This morning, the prosecutors of DIICOT – Central Structure, in the continuation of the investigation in the case related to the commission of the crimes of forming an organized criminal group, human trafficking and rape, carrying out seven search warrants, within the radius of the Bucharest municipality and the provinces of Ilfov and Prahova.
‘Judicial activities are carried out together with police officers from BCCO Bucharest and SCCO Ilfov.
“We make it clear that the persons under investigation benefit throughout the criminal process from the procedural rights and guarantees provided by the Code of Criminal Procedure, as well as the presumption of innocence.”
One of the homes searched was that of Romanian kickboxer and cage fighter Vlad Obu, with paperwork and computers seized and taken away.
Tate was arrested on Dec. 29 after police raided his loophole (pictured) on the outskirts of Bucharest
Showing off social media posts before his arrest showcased the high-tech security in his concrete compound
Meanwhile, MailOnline may also reveal that one of two women dubbed Tate’s Angels who were arrested at the same time is on compassionate leave.
Former police officer Luana Radu, 32, has been granted a three-hour permit so she can attend her grandmother’s funeral in Bucharest later on Thursday.
She quit the force eight years ago to focus on sex video chat room work with Georgiana Naghel, 28, and investigators say both played a role in “coercing” and “controlling” other women involved in the business.
Tate, 36, a British-American citizen with 4.5 million Twitter followers, was detained in Bucharest on December 29, along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women.
Georgiana Naghel (left), 28, is described as a businesswoman and influencer who is believed to have dated Tate for nearly a year before her arrest. Luana Radu (right), 32, has been granted a three-hour permit so she can attend her grandmother’s funeral in Bucharest later on Thursday
On Tuesday, a court upheld a December 30 judge’s decision to extend their detention from 24 hours to 30 days.
In a separate hearing Wednesday at the Bucharest Tribunal, Tate lost an appeal challenging assets seized by prosecutors, including property and a fleet of luxury cars, said Ramona Bolla, a spokesman for Romania’s anti-organized crime agency DIICOT.
The court “decided that the seizures are legal and (that) the goods remain at our disposal,” she told The Associated Press.
Prosecutors investigating the case have so far seized 15 luxury cars — 11 in raids in December and four last week — at least seven of which belong to the Tate brothers, and more than 10 property and land belonging to registered companies.
Prosecutors investigating the case seized 15 luxury cars, at least seven of which belonged to the Tate brothers
Bolla said it is not clear whether assets seized since December are included in Wednesday’s appeal.
If prosecutors can prove the Tates made money from human trafficking, Bolla said the assets could be used to cover the costs of the investigation and compensation for victims.
Ahead of the court ruling on Wednesday, Constantin Gliga, one of the lawyers representing Tate, told the media that the asset seizures are disproportionate to the allegations.
DIICOT said it has identified six victims in the human trafficking case who were victims of “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” and sexually exploited by the members of the alleged crime group.
The agency said victims were lured by pretenses of love and later intimidated, supervised and subjected to other control tactics while being forced to perform in pornography designed to make money for their alleged persecutors.
Tate, a former professional kickboxer reportedly living in Romania since 2017, was previously banned from several prominent social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and hate speech.