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 on Thursday 4 August, the Canadian Minister of Justice, David Lametti. “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,” the federal minister said in an email sent to Agence France. -Presse (AFP) refusing to give more details. “It is important to Canada and to its international partners that serious crimes are fully investigated and prosecuted,” he added. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed having received this request, “being processed by the Ministry of Justice”. This announcement comes in the context of Pope Francis’ trip to Canada, which has just ended, marked by requests for forgiveness addressed to indigenous peoples. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers After the apologies of the pope, Canada hopes for acts towards the natives Pope Francis during a ceremony in Alberta, Canada. July 25, 2022. NATHAN DENETTE / AP Father Joannes Rivoire, who spent three decades in the Canadian Far North, has been the subject of an arrest warrant in Canada since February, after the filing of a new complaint, in September 2021, for a sexual assault that occurred approximately forty-seven years ago. He has, for the moment, never been worried, and the authorities have not specified the total number of his potential victims. The nonagenarian proclaims his innocence Joannes Rivoire had already been the subject of an arrest warrant between 1998 and 2017 for sexual assaults against three minors. The order had never been acted upon. The priest left Canada in 1993 and now lives in France, in Lyon. But Mr. Rivoire, who has dual nationality, represents “a problem” because it is “very complicated” to extradite French people, told Agence-France-Presse (AFP), a source close to the case. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The Canadian Far North still haunted by Father Rivoire, accused of sexual assault on young Inuit The nonagenarian, recently questioned by the media, proclaims his innocence. In the Canadian Far 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 Canada,” Kilikvak Kabloona, an Inuit representative from the country, told AFP. Nunavut, during the visit of the sovereign pontiff. The World with AFP
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