Andrew Tate will be held in a Romanian jail for 30 days. Here’s what his life may be like while in custody.

Andrew Tate will be held in a Romanian jail for 30 days. Here's what his life may be like while in custody.

Andrew Tate will be held in a Romanian jail for 30 days.

The beginning of 2023 will be spent in prison for self-described “misogynist” social media personality and former kickboxer Andrew Tate after Romanian police captured him and his brother as part of a r@pe and people trafficking investigation.

Andrew Tate will be held in a Romanian jail for 30 days.

According to prosecutors, the siblings and two others “appear to have created an organized crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing, and expl0iting women by forcing them to create p0rn0graphic content.”

A lawyer for Tate has denied the accusations. Tate’s lawyer Eugen Constantin Vidineac told reporters: “From our perspective, there are no grounds… for taking this most drastic preventive measure, but it is the judge’s prerogative.”

A Romanian court decided on Friday that the four accused men could be detained by police for 30 days while their investigation is ongoing.

Andrew Tate will be held in a Romanian jail for 30 days. 
Andrew Tate and Tristan Tate are escorted by police officers outside the headquarters of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism in Bucharest (DIICOT) after being detained for 24 hours, in Bucharest, Romania, December 29, 2022.

In Romania, the police are in charge of a number of so-called Detention and Preventative Arrest Centers. Where Tate and his brother will be detained is unknown.

What will Andrew Tate’s life be like in police custody?

According to a report from the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment published in April 2022, he should be given access to a library, exercise equipment, and at least one hour of outdoor leisure per day under Romanian law. The assessment recommended that he and the other inmates be given the chance to assist with facility upkeep and “to participate in vocational, recreational, and cultural programs.”

However, after visiting a number of Romanian detention facilities, the report’s writers were discouraged by what they discovered.

The delegation discovered that most prisoners spent 23 hours per day in their cells, either reading, listening to the radio, or watching television—”if they had one.” According to the study, the only job was unpaid and consisted of cleaning and maintaining common spaces in exchange for benefits like “prolonged visiting entitlements.” What about artistic, professional, and other leisure pursuits? Simply put, “no possibility” existed.

Tate, a former kickboxer, will also not enjoy a high-grade fitness environment. “Exercise in the open air lasted in general for only one hour per day and took place in yards which were usually small… austere and oppressive (surrounded by walls and enclosed by one or more layers of low-level metal grilles overhead) and were partially covered by a plexiglass roof panel,” the report stated. “The courtyards were generally equipped with exercise bars, but several lacked any means of rest,” it continued, the authors concluding that most of the centers were, in fact, “not appropriate for daily exercise and access to fresh air.”

In a 2021 report on human rights in Romania, the US State Department also mentioned accusations that the nation’s pretrial detention facilities are unfit for lengthy stays, particularly with regard to hygiene. “Such facilities were often located in basements and had no natural light and inadequate sanitation,” the department noted.

The research claims that none of Romania’s jail facilities are appropriate for housing individuals for longer than “a few days.”

For a total of 180 days, police can ask to extend Tate’s incarceration in successive 30-day increments. The average stay is roughly two months, according to the Romanian government.

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