Italy, like the United States, has an extradition treaty with Argentina that could lead to Bieber’s arrest and deportation.
Whether the treaty covers Bieber’s situation, however, is unclear.
Diego Pesoa, an Argentine paparazzi, accused Bieber of ordering one of his bodyguards to beat him up for trying to take the singer’s photo as he left a night club in Buenos Aires in 2013.
Bieber was ordered to appear in court to answer questions about his role in the alleged attack along with bodyguards Hugo Alcides Hesny and Terrence Reche Smalls.
Judge Alberto Julio Banos in Buenos Aires issued a warrant Apr. 8 after all three men failed to appear.
Under the extradition treaty between the two countries, authorities would be required to detain Bieber if he could be accused of a similar crime in Italy. The crime must also include a possible jail sentence if convicted.
In Argentina, Bieber conceivably could be charged with causing injuries to another individual. The penalty, if convicted, is one month to as many as six years in prison. So far, however, he has not been charged.
The nightmare for Bieber would begin if he were detained on the charges, which are on file with Interpol, the international agency that coordinates the hunt for fugitives among member countries.
Under Italian law, all extraditions in Italy are subject to review by the nation’s Court of Appeal. It’s findings can be appealed to the nation’s the High Court. And, the final decision would rest with Italy’s Secretary of Justice.
Bieber could languish in custody for weeks, if not months while the appeals process grinds its way through the legal system.
The “As Long As You Love Me” singer is in Italy to film his part in the upcoming film “Zoolander 2,” according to TMZ.
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