Andrew and Tristan Tait are free to leave Romania but cannot leave the EU

Controversial influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are free to leave Romania but cannot leave the EU, a court in Bucharest has ruled.

The pair have been barred from leaving the country and are awaiting trial on charges of human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal ring to sexually exploit women – all charges they deny.

Decisions granting freedom of movement within the EU are not final and can be appealed.

The brothers said the move represents a “big victory and a major step forward” in the ongoing litigation.

The brothers’ lawyer, Eugene Vidinak, said the sentence was “a reflection of my clients’ exemplary behavior and assistance.”

“Andrew and Tristan remain determined to restore their honour and reputation, but are grateful to the court for the confidence it has shown in them.”

The Tate brothers, former kickboxers with dual British and American nationality, are accused of exploiting women through their adult content business, which prosecutors allege was run as a criminal gang.

Along with the brothers, two Romanian female associates were named in the indictment unsealed last June, and seven alleged victims were identified.

Andrew Tate is a self-described misogynist and has been banned from social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views.

He has repeatedly claimed that Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him and that there is a conspiracy to silence him.

Internet celebrities are also wanted in the UK for alleged sexual offences.

The brothers have had their movements restricted for the past two years.

They will be held in police custody for criminal investigation from late December 2022 until April 2023, after which they will be placed under house arrest until August, when the court will place them under judicial control.

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