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Andrew Tate to appeal second 30-day detention

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (AP) – Divisive influencer and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate who is detained in Romania on suspicion of organised crime and human trafficking appeared at a court in Bucharest yesterday to appeal against a second 30-day extension of his detention.

Tate, 36, a British-United States citizen who has nearly five million followers on Twitter, arrived at the Bucharest Court of Appeal yesterday morning handcuffed to his brother Tristan, who is held in the same case along with two Romanian women.

All four, who were initially detained in Bucharest in late December, will look to overturn a judge’s January 20 decision to extend for a second time their detention by 30 days at the request of prosecutors. They previously lost an appeal against an earlier extension.

A document seen by The Associated Press explaining the January 20 decision, said the judge took into account the “particular dangerousness of the defendants” and their capacity to identify victims “with an increased vulnerability, in search of better life opportunities”.

If the court rejects their appeal all four will remain in custody until February 27 as prosecutors continue investigating the case.

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