Lawyer claims Andrew Tate is not a flight risk for Dubai

Darren Tate

While appealing the decision to extend Andrew Tate's detention for a third time, his attorney has stated that Tate will not attempt to elude the Romanian legal system by leaving the country.

If released, Mr. Tate intends to visit Dubai, but only for medical tests, according to his attorney, who spoke to the BBC.

Apparently based on Mr. Tate's phone-tapped conversations, reports in Romania claimed he posed a flight risk.

In December, Mr. Tate and his brother Tristan were detained in Romania.

They are being held in pre-charge detention on charges of forming an organized crime group, rape, and human trafficking.

Both men have said they did nothing wrong.

On Monday, the Tate brothers appeared in court in Bucharest to contest their most recent detention order.

It is believed that the reports from Romania detailing phone calls the brothers allegedly made while in custody were a part of the prosecution's argument for keeping the brothers in custody longer.

Their initial period of detention, which was maintained until February 27th, has been extended for an additional 30 days.

Eugen Vidineac, one of the Tates' attorneys, told the BBC that while the brothers' in-custody phone calls were being recorded, nothing they had discussed was unlawful after filing an appeal against that continued detention.

There is no risk of flight, he declared.

According to him, "Andrew and his secretary had a conversation in which they agreed that if the judges released him under these circumstances, he would travel to Dubai [for medical testing]".

He claimed that it was not an attempt to elude Romanian justice. Their appeal is scheduled for a decision on Monday.

Former kickboxer Mr. Tate was fired from the British television program Big Brother in 2016 after a video surfaced that appeared to show him assaulting a woman.

As a result of his comments that women should "bear responsibility" for being sexually assaulted, he later gained notoriety online and was banned from Twitter. He was later given a second chance.

Despite social media bans, he became well-liked, especially among young men, by promoting what he portrayed as an extremely opulent and hyper-masculine lifestyle.

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