The Canadian government has confirmed an extradition request from France for a Catholic priest. According to media reports, Justice Minister David Lametti said on Wednesday (local time) that France had been asked to extradite the cleric. He worked in Nunavut, northern Canada, from the 1960s to 1993. He is accused of sexual abuse 47 years ago.
Canadian officials also confirmed the new charges, which is why there is a nationwide arrest warrant against the pastor. During a visit to Rome in the spring, Inuit representatives also asked the Pope to persuade the priest to travel to Canada voluntarily to face charges. If he does not do so, the Pope can ask for his extradition from France.
Topics on the Edge of the Pope’s Visit
During the visit of the current Pope through Canada, the matter has been repeatedly mentioned in the media. Since Sunday evening, Francis has been on a self-proclaimed “atonement pilgrimage”, seeking forgiveness for the guilt of Christians who have participated in the forced assimilation and deprivation of indigenous peoples. Among other things, it is about sexual abuse, as alleged by the priest concerned.
Justice Minister Lametti said France had responded to the extradition request, but first sought more information. Furthermore, Lametti pointed out that such intergovernmental applications would generally be treated as confidential. Due to great public interest, they have now confirmed the process. (kna)
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