Andrew and Tristan Tate should be freed from prison because they both have small children in Romania, lawyer claims | The Sun

ANDREW and Tristan Tate should be freed from prison as they both have children in Romania, their lawyer claimed today.

The disgraced duo were in court for six hours as the appealed the decision by prosecutors to keep them in prison until the end of January.

Tate and the others left court around 3pm local time and were taken back the Central Police Detention Center, Gandul reports.

They now await the decision from judges as to whether they will be placed in detention, be placed under house arrest, or be released on bail.

The court hearing took place behind closed doors.

Their lawyer Eugen Vidineac reportedly argued the pair should be released from jail as they both have young children in the country.

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Vidineac said: "It was a long day. The defendants were able to express themselves.

"The court has to decide. We hope for a positive solution for our clients."

The decision on the appeal is expected at the earliest "in the evening", he said, adding he was "confident".

Andrew, 36, and his brother have been held in a "hellhole" Romanian jail cell.

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The pair and two Romanian female suspects were detained in Bucharest by Romanian anti-organised crime prosecutors pending a criminal investigation.

They have been held since December 29 as part of a probe into human trafficking, rape, and organised crime.

Andrew and Tristan are accused of recruiting women on social media platforms and persuading them to travel to their £600k villa on the outskirts of the country's capital.

The brothers would allegedly falsely claim to be in love with the young women, before making them perform sexual acts on webcams.

Women were forced to film porn videos in the compound and were kept under 24/7 house arrest, according to Romanian investigators.

Prosecutors also said one of the brothers raped one of the victims in March of last year, which is when the investigation started.

If the court upholds the arrest warrant and the investigation needs more time, prosecutors can seek approval for further extensions of up to 180 days of detention under Romanian law.

If the court overturns the extension, the defendants could be put under house arrest or similar conditions – such as being banned from leaving Romania.

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