Andrew Tate free from Romanian ‘cockroach’ jail hell after 3 months of appeals

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    Andrew Tate has reportedly been released from the Romanian jail where he had been held for the past three months on suspicion of human trafficking and has been placed under house arrest, his communication director has said.

    The 36-year-old and his brother Tristan, 34, were pictured handcuffed outside the Bucharest Court of Appeal days ago, following another bail appeal that was denied.

    The brothers were told they would be detained for another 30 days until April 21, with a warning they could be held until June 27 – when the 180-day investigation period expires.

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    Both appeared before the court again after having their appeal for bail rejected four times.

    Now, three months after their initial arrest, the Tate brothers have gained their freedom, and have been released from prison.

    Their two associates, Georgiana Naghel and Luana Radu, are also being released.

    None of the four has yet been formally indicted.

    The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Tate’s appeal, which challenged a judge’s decision last week to extend his arrest a fourth time for 30 days, said Ramona Bolla, a spokesperson for Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, DIICOT.

    Tate was detained when his Bucharest home was raised by the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DICCOT) on December 29, 2022.

    A spokesperson for Andrew and Tristan Tate responded to the previous decision to extension claiming they were speechless by the news.

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    The statement read: “The court has decided to extend the Tate brothers’ preventative arrest. We have been rendered speechless by the news.

    “The interaction with the judge was extremely dynamic and the brothers were offered for the first time the opportunity to present all legal guarantees that they are not a flight risk.

    “They are the first ones who want light to be shed on this case.

    “The substantial material damages they have suffered are nothing compared to the moral ones. Their image has been irreparably harmed and it will take years to rebuild the reputation, trust and connection with the general public.”

    Despite being behind bars, the former MMA fighter has maintained an active presence on social media, regularly posting about his fire living conditions.

    In one tweet, Tate complained he has “lost 30% of his food to insects” and stated the jail's living conditions were dire and that the "cockroaches, lice and bed bugs are my only friends at night".

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    His latest tweet, posted on March 29, reads: "Some attacks are overwhelmingly powerful. They cannot be blocked without significant damage.

    "The only solution is to move. Like water, Stones break."

    In one of his more detailed recounts, the 36-year-old says he dreams of freedom and wakes up disappointed as the reality of his jail cell sets in.

    His tweet reads: "Each night I dream of freedom and then I open my eyes and I'm in the same familiar jail cell. I take a few minutes to swallow my disappointment and begin my morning push-ups. Maybe tomorrow, I'll wake up somewhere else. I have not lost hope.

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    "Losing hope is fatal. Hope is a requirement for success and eventuality. My whole life was built on hope. You do not become a 4x World Champion without it. You cannot put yourself through the training required. Through sacrifices and pain.

    "Most of you do not try at life. Because you have lost hope. Most of you do not even know you have lost it. If you truly had hope you could be a multi-millionaire within a few years. You would never waste a single day, You'd never not have motivation.

    "You'd never not give it your full effort. The only reason you do not try. Is because you do not believe it is possible. You do not have hope. I am from a council estate in Luton. My achievements are a result of my unlimited work ethic.

    "You can achieve your dreams. But you need to regain your hope. I am here to show you, It is possible. I will be freed from this jail cell."


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