US white supremacist arrested in Romania

US white supremacist arrested in Romania
US white supremacist arrested in Romania

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - BUDAPEST — A prominent member of a California-based white supremacist group has been arrested in Romania and will be extradited to the US.

Robert Rundo, 33, co-founder of the Rise Above Movement, was arrested on Friday at a Bucharest gym following a tip-off, Romanian police said.

He was accused of violence in 2017 and indicted by a US court in 2018.

The case was dismissed in 2019, but a federal grand jury in Los Angeles issued a new indictment in January.

Romanian police told the BBC they detained Mr Rundo in response to the US legal move.

Mr Rundo and others were accused of rioting and conspiracy by recruiting and training members for violence and taking part in violence across the US in 2017.

Videos showed Mr Rundo punching counter-protesters in Huntington Beach and a police officer in Berkeley, according to an FBI affidavit.

In a statement, Romanian police said he allegedly conducted mixed martial arts training for members of the movement.

He also is accused of posting videos online of the group assaulting people at political meetings, the statement said.

Mr Rundo has also been active in Serbia and Bulgaria, and advocates the forming of small fighting groups with a violent neo-Nazi ideology. — BBC

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