Greta Thunberg would be pleased to know that self-professed misogynist Andrew Tate will be forced to be a bit more environmentally friendly as more of his cars with “enormous emissions” were seized by Romanian authorities over the weekend, according to a report by Reuters.
Authorities say that they have so far seized 18 million lei (US$3.95 million) worth of goods and money as part of the investigation into the Tate case. Tate, his brother Tristan, and two female Romanian nationals were arrested on December 29 on suspicion of creating an organized sex trafficking ring.
The National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets in Bulgaria said in a statement on Saturday that it has taken into administration a total of 29 movable assets — composed of luxury vehicles, watches, and cash in different currencies.
Several cars, which include a Rolls-Royce, BMW, and Mercedes Benz were seen being rolled out of Tate’s compound outside Bucharest on Saturday. These cars add to the 15 that were seized earlier in the week, along with 10 properties owned by the companies registered to them.
If prosecutors prove that the Tates financially benefited from human trafficking, the cars and properties will be permanently seized by the state to “cover the expenses of the investigation and damages to the victims.”
Tate, along with his brother Tristan and two female Romanian nationals, remains in police custody after unsuccessfully appealing their 30-day arrest warrant. The warrant expires at the end of the month, which gives Romanian authorities less than two weeks to formally bring charges against the Tate brothers.
Prosecutors, given that sufficient evidence is presented, will also be able to request to extend pre-trial detention for up to 180 days.
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