As part of a criminal investigation into alleged human trafficking that led to the arrest of divisive internet personality Andrew Tate, Romanian authorities say they have seized commodities and funds worth 18 million lei (S$5.2 million).
In the previous week, the National Agency for the Management of Seized Items seized 29 moveable assets, including luxury vehicles and watches, as well as varying sums of cash in various currencies, according to a statement issued late Saturday night (January 14).
A Reuters reporter witnessed six automobiles, including a Rolls-Royce, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, being transferred to a storage facility from Tate's compound on the outskirts of Bucharest on Saturday.
Andrew Tate, his brother, and two Romanian female suspects were arrested on December 29 for allegedly organizing a criminal group intending to exploit six victims sexually. They have denied misconduct.
This Monday, the Bucharest court of appeals rejected the detainees' petition for their 30-day arrest order and ruled that they must remain in police custody.
Andrew Tate, a former contestant on the British reality television show Big Brother, gained attention for his misogynistic comments and hate speech.
His words resulted in a ban from all major social media networks. However, Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter in November reactivated his account.
Tate, a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, has stated that women are partially accountable for being raped and belong to men.