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France is studying Canada’s request to extradite a priest accused of sexual assault | Pope Francis in Canada

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Although it is very rare for France to agree to extradite its nationals, Canada has nevertheless requested the extradition of this Oblate accused of sexual assault and who has become for many a symbol of impunity within the Church. .

I am aware of the fact that an extradition request transmitted to France has been made public, which the officials of my ministry have just confirmed.said the federal minister in an email sent to AFP, refusing to give more details.

It is important to Canada and its international partners that serious crimes are fully investigated and prosecutedhe added.

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 for Aboriginals, where many children had been victims of abuse.

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.

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He has so far never been charged and the authorities have not specified the total number of his alleged victims.

Mr. 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.

But Mr. Rivoire, who has dual nationality, represents a problematic because he is very complicated to extradite French people, a source familiar with the matter told AFP.

The nonagenarian, recently questioned by the media, proclaims his innocence.

In the Canadian North, his case remains emblematic of the impunity of sexual aggressors in the Church.

We would like Rivoire to be extradited to Canada to face his charges in court and we have asked the Pope to intervene to ask him to return to Canadatold AFP Kilikvak Kabloona, a representative of the Inuit of Nunavut, during the pope’s visit.

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