Romanian authorities on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organized crime group, according to Reuters. According to several reports, a pizza box helped cops narrow in on Tate’s location. Tate had posted a video clip of himself in a Versace robe, smoking a cigar, while an off-camera person hands him two boxes of Jerry’s Pizza, a popular Romanian chain.
It has been noted that his arrest, merely a day after posting the video, could have been due to the pizza boxes, reported 9News. The report stated that the boxes may have helped the Romanian police zero in on his location. The authorities reportedly used the video “as proof he was in the country”, stated a report in The Independent.
In the video a pizza box was visible, which had the name of the company that had made and delivered the Italian delicacy.
Andrew Tate, the controversial influencer, has been ordered by a Romanian court to serve an additional 30 days in prison on charges of organized crime and human trafficking. Along with his brother Tristan and two other suspects, their arrest warrants have been extended for the third time by a court in Bucharest.
During a recent segment on his show, Tucker Carlson claimed that the arrest and imprisonment of Andrew Tate, a pro-Trump social media figure currently being held in Romania on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and organized crime, was “obviously a set up.” Carlson spoke with Tate’s attorney, Tina Glandian, who explained that Tate had been the target of a “preventative arrest” but had not yet been charged. Glandian also noted that while the legal procedure being used by Romanian authorities was proper, how it had been applied to Tate was a violation of international human rights law. Carlson, however, remained skeptical, suggesting that Tate’s arrest was due to his unpopularity with those in charge.
“[Prosecutors] have up to 180 days in which they can extend this detention without formally charging them with any crimes. So it’s an ongoing criminal investigation, but they are detained,” Glandian said.
Carlson wasn’t satisfied.
“They’re rotting in a Romanian jail, and we can only imagine what a Romanian jail is like,” he huffed. “This is the definition of a human rights violation.”
Glandian added that she believed that while the legal procedure authorities are using is “proper,” how it has been applied to Tate “is completely a violation of international human rights law.”
Carlson summed up what he believed to be the cause of Tate’s imprisonment.
“Pretty obviously a set up, Tina! I mean, let’s stop lying. These guys were super unpopular with the people in charge, and now they’re in a Romanian jail under Romanian law,” he said, adding air quotes to the last two words. “I mean, obviously, no?”
“I think you said it yourself, Tucker,” Glandian replied.