No, the pizza box in response to Greta Thunberg did not lead to the arrest of Andrew Tate – Liberation

The Romanian prosecutor in charge of the investigation denies to “CheckNews” the information according to which a pizza box would have betrayed the location of the kickboxer put in his place by the Swedish environmental activist.

Social media star British kickboxer Andrew Tate has drawn ridicule from the global web after he was shunned on Twitter by famed environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Believing himself clever in provoking the Swedish activist to send him the list of his many cars, the man savored the reply of the 19-year-old Swede, who advised him to write to (which he would give in French: “energiedepetitebite@”). An answer that has been celebrated by millions of likes, internet users too happy to see the young woman nip the giggle of the brute, already known for her misogynistic escapades. The latter had also earned him the exclusion from the social network Twitter (before the new moderation policy implemented by Elon Musk allowed him to return).

But the case does not stop there, as Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were arrested this Thursday by the Romanian police in a human trafficking case. Many media like Daily mailRTL or Free lunch he claimed that this arrest was made possible thanks to a stupidity of Andrew Tate.

In response to Greta Thunberg’s reply, Andrew Tate posted a video showing a pizza box covered in Romanian inscriptions. This clue would have allowed the Romanian courts to identify that the two brothers were on Romanian soil and would have led to their arrest. The conclusion of a (too) beautiful story that has been widely shared on social media by Internet users who enjoy this about-face.

Contacted by CheckNews, However, Romanian prosecutor Bolla Ramona, in charge of the investigation, formally denies that it was Andrew Tate’s pizza box that led to his arrest: “It is very funny information but it is not true. Yesterday we executed a search warrant but the decision had already been made before your message [avec la boîte à pizza]then he was cleared by a judge. The prosecutor indicates that five searches took place on Thursday and that the police did ensured that the two brothers [étaient] in Romania before acting. We use all kinds of information, such as that in public sources, but it is not the only one used”.

The investigation began in April 2022

In a press release published on Thursday 29 December, the Romanian Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate confirmed the arrest and 24-hour detention of four people, including two British nationals, in a prominent property in Romania. Those arrested are suspected of having kidnapped women, of having them “sexually exploited […] forcing them to perform pornographic acts in order to produce and disseminate this material through social media platforms”, as well as rape. This police operation follows an investigation that had already started in April 2022. At the time, two women (including a US citizen) had been found kidnapped in the Tate brothers’ villa, after a complaint from an ex-boyfriend. The Tate brothers had not been arrested at the time.

The press release released by the Romanian authorities is accompanied by a video that reveals the police operation and whose blurred images allow one of the Tate brothers to be identified. Greta Thunberg’s name does not appear at any time in this press release.

If many Anglo-Saxon newspapers have highlighted the role of Greta Thunberg’s communication in this police operation, the Romanian press never talks about it. “Sources say these searches are taking place today because prosecutors wanted to make sure the brothers were in the country so they could participate in the searches,” just report the observer, the Antena 1 news.

“The Good Time”

On social media, a demonstration of the pizza carton’s arrest was shared more than 90,000 times. The internet user behind these messages claims to be relying on an article in Romanian from the media Gandul, of which a translation appears. But this news site never mentions the Swedish activist. Note only that since April, “Anti-Mafia prosecutors have compiled all the evidence gleaned from the Tate brothers’ mansion and video chat studio to prove that the allegations made by their alleged victims during the hearings were true.” and This was reported by sources close to the investigation Gandul that soon after the completion of the computer expertise, the authorities waited for the right moment to apprehend the Tate brothers, who were out of the country most of the time”.

Even before Andrew Tate posted a video showing a pizza box in Romanian, the rude kickboxer shared a video on Twitter with the caption “Romania”, Sunday 25 December. On December 26, he was filming at an airport. In the following days, he shared a video that shows him on an airport runway, ready to board a private jet with a clearly recognizable tail number.

Even Andrew Tate’s personal address in Romania is not really difficult to find: just type Andrew Tate on Google Maps to find his house in the Pipera district of Bucharest.

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