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Canada seeks extradition of French priest accused of sexual assault

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Canada has requested the extradition of a French priest accused of sexually assaulting Inuit children more than 30 years ago, who has become for many a symbol of impunity within the Church, confirmed Thursday August 5 Canadian Justice Minister David Lametti. “It is important to Canada and its international partners that serious crimes are fully investigated and prosecuted”explained the federal minister in an email sent to AFP.

Father Johannes Rivoire, who spent three decades in Canada’s Far North, has been the subject of an arrest warrant in Canada since February, after a new complaint was filed in September for a sexual assault that occurred there about 47 years old. He has so far never been charged and the authorities have not specified the total number of his alleged victims. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed having received this request, “being processed by the Ministry of Justice”.

This announcement comes as Pope Francis has just completed a trip to Canada, where he asked for forgiveness for the violence committed in residential schools, where many children had been victims of abuse. Johannes Rivoire had already been the subject of an arrest warrant between 1998 and 2017 for sexual assaults against three minors. It was never acted upon. The priest left Canada in 1993 and now lives in France, in Lyon. has

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