What Andrew Tate’s life could be like in a Romanian prison

  • Influencer Andrew Tate has been detained by Romanian authorities and will be held for 30 days.
  • His detention is part of an investigation into a potential human trafficking operation.
  • A report on Romanian detention centers found that most people spent 23 hours a day in their cells.

Self-proclaimed ‘misogynist’ social media influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate will spend the start of 2023 behind bars after Romanian police arrested him and his brother in connection with a rape and murder investigation. trafficking in human beings.

According to prosecutors, the siblings and two others “appear to have created an organized criminal group for the purpose of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content.”

A lawyer for Tate denied the charges. Tate lawyer Eugen Constantin Vidineac told reporters: ‘From our point of view there is no reason … to take this most drastic preventive measure, but it is the prerogative of the judge.

On Friday, a Romanian court ruled that police can detain the four accused men for 30 days while their investigation continues.

There are dozens of so-called detention and preventive arrest centers across Romania, administered by the country’s police. It is not known where Tate and his brother will be held.

What will Tate’s life be like in police custody? Under Romanian law, he should have at least one hour a day of outdoor recreation and access to exercise equipment, as well as access to a library, according to a report by April 2022 published by the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture. and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. He and other inmates should also have the opportunity to work in the maintenance of the establishment and “to participate in professional, recreational and cultural activities”, the report notes.

However, after visiting several Romanian detention centers, the authors of the report were disheartened by the reality they saw.

To begin with, most people spent 23 hours a day in their cells, either watching television – “if they had one” – listening to the radio or reading, the delegation found. The only work was unpaid and consisted of cleaning and maintaining common areas in exchange for benefits such as “extended visitation rights”, according to the report. As for cultural, professional and other recreational activities? There was simply “no possibility”.

Tate, a former kickboxer, will also not benefit from a high-quality fitness environment. “Outdoor exercise was usually only an hour a day and took place in courtyards which were generally small… austere and oppressive (surrounded by walls and enclosed by one or more layers of low metal railings above head) and were partially covered by a plexiglass roof panel,” the report states. “The courtyards were generally equipped with exercise bars, but several lacked any means of rest,” it continues, with the authors concluding that most centers were, in fact, “not suitable for daily exercise and access to fresh air”.

The US State Department, in a 2021 report on human rights in Romania, also cited complaints that the country’s pretrial detention centers are inadequate for extended stays, particularly with regard to the hygiene. “These facilities were often located in basements and lacked natural light and inadequate sanitary facilities,” the department noted.

None of Romania’s detention centers are suitable for holding someone for more than “a few days”, according to the report.

Police may seek to extend Tate’s detention in additional 30-day increments – to a maximum of 180 days. The median stay, according to the Romanian government, is around two months.

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