Ar­gen­tine judge or­ders ar­rest war­rant for Bieber

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY DEB­ORA REY

An Ar­gen­tine judge has is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for Justin Bieber on Fri­day, say­ing the singer failed to re­spond to sum­mons re­lated to al­le­ga­tions he or­dered body­guards to attack a pho­tog­ra­pher in 2013.

Judge Al­berto Julio Banos or­dered the “im­me­di­ate detention” of Bieber and body­guards Hugo Al­cides Hesny and Ter­rence Reche Smalls.

An email sent to a Bieber rep­re­sen­ta­tive was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Bieber is ac­cused of send­ing the body­guards to attack pho­tog­ra­pher Diego Pe­soa out­side a Buenos Aires night­club. Bieber never re­turned to Ar­gentina to re­spond to ques­tions about the in­ci­dent.

Un­der Ar­gen­tine law, Bieber would face from one month to six years in pri­son if con­victed on a charge of caus­ing in­juries.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear whether the war­rant would ex­tend be­yond Ar­gentina. Calls to the judge’s of­fice Fri­day af­ter­noon were not an­swered.

In com­ments to lo­cal sta­tion Telefe Noti­cias, Pe­soa’s lawyer im­plied that the war­rant would force Bieber to re­turn to the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

“Now we just need to wait for the po­lice to find him and bring him” to Ar­gentina, said lawyer Ma­tias Morla. “For us, this is a tri­umph against all those who said this case was a bluff and that we didn’t have any­thing.”

Calls and emails to Morla were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

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