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Romania raids 7 homes in influencer Andrew Tate’s case

BUCHAREST ( Associated Press) – Romania’s organized crime agency has searched seven more homes as part of its investigation into divisive social media influencer Andrew Tate, a Romanian official said Thursday.

DIICOT agency spokeswoman Ramona Bolla said they were conducting searches in Bucharest, Ilfov and Prahova counties “to obtain more evidence.”

Tate, a 36-year-old British-American national with 4.5 million Twitter followers, was arrested in Romania’s capital Bucharest on December 29 on charges of being part of an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape. His brother, Tristan, and two Romanian women were also arrested.

On Tuesday, a court upheld a judge’s December 30 decision to extend his house arrest from 24 hours to 30 days.

Thursday’s raids came a day after Tate lost a second appeal in a Bucharest court this week challenging prosecutors’ asset confiscation in late December, including property, land and a fleet of luxury cars. So far, more than 10 properties and lands of companies registered in the name of Tait brothers have been attached.

Bolla said the court “determined that the seizure is legal and (that) the property is at our disposal.” He said that if it is proved that the Tate brothers made money through human trafficking, the assets could be used to cover the costs of the investigation and to compensate victims.

DIICOT reported that it has identified six victims of human trafficking who were subjected to “physical violence and mental coercion” and sexually abused by members of the alleged criminal group.

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