In the case looking into Andrew Tate, the divisive social media personality who is being held in the nation on charges of human trafficking, Romanian authorities descended on a compound outside of Bucharest on Saturday to tow away a fleet of expensive cars and other assets worth an estimated $3.9 million.
According to a statement from Romania’s National Agency for the Administration of Unavailable Assets, 15 luxury cars, 14 designer watches, and money in various currencies were all taken out. According to the agency, the items have a total estimated value of $3.9 million.
On Saturday, over a dozen masked law enforcement officers and other officials showed up to take the items. A blue Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari, a Porsche, a BMW, an Aston Martin, and a Mercedes-Benz were among the fleet of vehicles. Tate, a 36-year-old dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States with 4.5 million Twitter followers, was detained in Bucharest on December 29 along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women on suspicion of involvement in organized crime, human trafficking, and rape.
After a court upheld a judge’s decision to extend their detention from 24 hours to 30 days on December 30, all four of them lost an appeal on Tuesday. A day later, Tate was unsuccessful in another appeal that questioned previous asset seizures by the prosecution in the case.
The anti-organized crime organization in Romania, DIICOT, reported seizing 15 high-end cars as well as locating more than ten houses and pieces of land that belonged to businesses with Tate brothers registrations.
According to Ramona Bolla, an agency spokesperson, the assets could be used to pay for investigation costs and victim compensation if prosecutors can show that the Tates made money through illegal means. Former professional kickboxer Tate is said to have settled in Romania in 2017.
“Anyone who believes I’m a human trafficker is genuinely a moron,” read a tweet from Tate on his Twitter account after the assets were taken on Saturday, according to the AP. “Anyone smart enough to understand the American System is unfair would be mind blown by the injustice of the Romanian System,” read another tweet from Tate. (Tate had boasted about his polluting fleet to Greta Thunberg.)
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