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24th Jan 2023

Andrew Tate says ‘cockroaches, lice and bed bugs’ are his only friends in Romanian prison

Jack Peat

‘They’re trying to break me’

Andrew Tate has spoken out about the grim conditions he is facing in a Romanian prison.

Last week it was revealed the social media influencer and his brother are to stay in custody until 27th February after a court extended their detention by police.

The pair are being held on suspicion of human trafficking, sexual assault and rape, which they deny.

A judge has ruled they will be kept in prison for a further 30 days while police build their case.

But the conditions seem to be getting the better of the self-styled misogynist, which he believes to be the system’s way of breaking him.

Releasing his first email newsletter from inside, he says: “I will send you my daily lessons from an unjust imprisonment.

“They’re trying to break me. Thrown inside a cell without light.

“Cockroaches, lice and bed bugs, are my only friends at night.

“When the guards bring me to and from the courtroom, I stay absolutely respectful.

“They try to pour hatred into my heart. But please and thank you, you stick with me at all times.

“Our prison guards are just performing their jobs, they have families to feed in times of hardship. Do not forget your manners.

“They are trying to break my Iron Mind with unjust imprisonment. My absolute respect for everyone around me is my act of absolute rebellion.

“They cannot break me.”

A recent report into living standards within Romanian jails found they are no holiday for the inmates.

The 2021 investigation carried out by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment revealed Romanian prison cells are renowned for offering digs of cockroach-infested filth.

The report indicated that inmates remain inside cramped, squalid cells for 23 hours per day with the exception of one hour of ‘outdoor recreation’ time.

But, when that hour is up, they’re back inside to enjoy their ‘dilapidated’ cells provided for them by Romania’s penal system.

The report didn’t give an indication on emissions per prisoner, but we can assume they’re a lot lower than what Tate’s were on the outside.

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