Justin Bieber Faces Prison As He Touches Down In Brazil
Justin Bieber is facing arrest - and possible prison time - thanks to a re-opened criminal case against him in Brazil.
The bad boy singer was charged with a "crime against the city order and cultural heritage" at the Hotel Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, back in November 2013 after he allegedly graffitied one of the $37 million building's walls.
While the case was suspended at the time - Brazilian authorities failed to alert Biebs to the charges before he left the country - a judge has ruled to re-open it as the singer is due back in Rio today to play three scheduled shows.
According to a statement issued by the Public Prosecution Service in Rio, the 23-year-old will be met at the airport and asked to sign a document confirming he accepts the charges.
If he refuses, "police force" can be used.
"With the news that the singer will be returning to Brazil, the Prosecution Service requested that the court case issue a writ of summons in his name," the PPS said. "The request is so that the accused is made aware of the charges."
The Daily Mail spoke to an international law expert, Tagory Figueiredo, who said that the chance of Bieber being arrested is quite high.
"If the justice system concludes the process quickly and want to make an example out of him by giving him a jail sentence, there is a possibility that this might happen," Mr Figueiredo said.
"But if he tries to evade being found by court officials, or if the judge understands that he will try to leave the country again without being notified of the case, then the judge could issue an arrest warrant for him.
"Certainly, if Bieber displays any of the aggressive behaviour he has in the past, and is aggressive towards any Brazilian authority, he could be arrested for contempt immediately.
"Bieber will have to tread very carefully this time in Brazil."
The original charges were brought when witnesses reported seeing Bieber, then 19 years old, tagging the heritage site with "respect privacy" and "Bielebers 4 life".