The social media celebrity Andrew Tate will remain in prison after a court rejected his appeal against a 30-day extension of his arrest in Romania.
The third appeal against his imprisonment since his arrest, Tate was contesting a judge’s order to hold him in a Romanian prison for an additional 30 days on February 21.
The British-American citizen, 36, arrived in court in Bucharest handcuffed to his brother Tristan, who is also being detained.
Prosecutors also won in an appeal against a court’s decision to place two women detained in the same case under home arrest rather than complete imprisonment, according to Romana Bolla, a spokesperson for Romania’s anti-organized crime unit, commonly known as DIICOT.
All four defendants will remain in custody until at least 29 March even though no one has been charged in connection with the inquiry.
According to a court document describing the ruling, the judge took into account the defendants’ “particular dangerousness” and their ability to identify victims “with an increased vulnerability in search of better life opportunities.”
Tate has stated time and again that the prosecution lacks evidence and that the case is a “political” plot to keep him silent.
On Monday morning, just before the hearing, Tate wrote on his Twitter page: “I’ve been in jail for 61 days. But not allowed a single visit. Not even from my children.”
Authorities in Romania confiscated Tate’s assets from a compound outside the capital this month, seizing a series of high-end cars worth millions of pounds.