Andrew Tate: Romanian appeals court overturns decision to seize £3.1m worth of influencers assets

Tuesday 9 January 2024

A Romanian court has overturned a decision to seize the assets of Andrew Tate.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal accepted a challenge on Monday brought by the internet personality against the seizure of his assets as part of a pending human trafficking criminal case, meaning judges must rule on the issue again.

Mr Tate's lawyer said: "We salute the decision today and applaud the judge for what we consider to be a legally correct and justified ruling."

The influencer was charged in June along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women for human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women, allegations they have denied.

The ruling means judges must decide again whether Mr Tate's assets should be seized

Mr Tate and his brother Tristan being escorted outside the Bucharest Court of Appeal in 2023

It is not yet clear when their trial will begin, as it cannot start until the files are inspected to ensure their legality, but Romania's courts remain backlogged with cases.

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In January 2023, Romanian authorities said they seized goods and money worth 18m lei ($4m or £3.1m) as part of a criminal inquiry into Tate, including cash, designer watches and luxury cars.

A month later, prosecutors said they had also seized some properties and cryptocurrency.

They were placed under house arrest until August.

Since then, they have been under judicial control, a lighter preventative measure meaning they have regular check-ins with the police but can move around freely except for leaving the country.

In December, the Bucharest court overturned Tate's challenge against the asset seizure but on Monday, the Bucharest Court of Appeals accepted his request and ordered that the seizure be reanalysed.

Technically the assets remain seized until that reassessment and ruling is made.

Romania's anti-organised crime prosecuting unit DIICOT could not immediately be reached for comment.