The new haul follows the seizure of 11 vehicles in the investigation of a social media influencer who is going to be in court next week.
Romanian officials have confiscated four additional expensive vehicles as part of an investigation into popular internet influencer and misogynist Andrew Tate, who is going to appear in court next week.
The 36-year-old former professional kickboxer, banned from several social media sites for sexist statements and hate speech, was detained in the nation last week along with his brother Tristan as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation.
An official stated on Friday that prosecutors probing the matter had confiscated four more vehicles on Thursday, after the seizure of 11 vehicles in searches.
Seven of the seized vehicles are registered to the Tate brothers.
More than ten properties or plots of land owned by companies registered to them have also been seized, and the proceeds will be used to fund the investigation and compensate victims if they are convicted, according to Ramona Bolla, a spokesperson for Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (Didcot).
The Tates, who grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire, was suspected of being part of a criminal ring centered on human trafficking, according to a statement from the agency, which did not name them.
The Tate brothers had been the subject of a criminal investigation in Romania since April of last year, and they were detained on December 29 in Bucharest on allegations of human trafficking, rape, and creating an organized crime gang.
Days earlier, Tate engaged in a Twitter standoff with the climate activist Greta Thunberg, attempting to troll her by telling her about his large collection of emission-heavy cars. Thunberg responded by implying Tate had
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According to Didcot, the Tate brothers will appear in a Bucharest court next week to have their pleas against a judge’s decision to extend their arrest warrants from 24 hours to 30 days considered.
The Tate brothers will also appeal the confiscation of some of their possessions.
Tate claimed to refute the allegations, claiming that following his detention, he was apprehended by Matrix operatives, a reference to ideas based on the science-fiction film series.
Six wounded persons have been named in connection with the probe, according to Diicot, one of whom is believed to have been viciously sexually assaulted in March.
Some of the accused reportedly engaged in “loverboy” trafficking, which includes a male enticing a victim into a relationship in order to eventually sexually abuse them.
Didcot revealed video footage of the raid, which showed firearms, knives, and money on display in one area.