Justin Bieber "Faces Arrest" After Judge Reopens Old Case
Is it too late now to say sorry?
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is facing arrest in Brazil, after he gratified “Bielibers 4 life” and “respect privacy” on the wall of a Rio hotel four years ago.
He was charged at the time (for “crime against the city order and cultural heritage”), but left the country before he could be formally notified.
Now that he’s due back in Rio (on his Purpose World Tour), the Public Prosecution Service has decided to reopen the case. In a statement, they explained:
“With the news that the singer will be returning to Brazil, the Prosecution Service requested that the court issue a writ of summons in his name the request is so that the accused is made aware of the charges.”
A clerk will be waiting to greet Bieber at the airport, where he will be asked to sign a document confirming that he’s received the charges. If he refuses, a judge has authorised the use of “police force”, and he may be arrested.
In Brazil, crimes against the “city order and cultural heritage” carry either a year long prison sentence, or a hefty fine.
We’re guessing that Bieber will opt for the fine, but law expert Tagory Figueiredo reckons that Brazilian authorities may try to make an example of him:
“Certainly, if Bieber displays any of the aggressive behaviour he has had in the past, and is aggressive towards any Brazilian authority, he could be arrested for contempt immediately.
What is for sure, Bieber will have to tread very carefully this time in Brazil.”
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