Canada: request for extradition of French priests

Canada: request for extradition of French priests

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 Johannes Rivoire. 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 Rivoire. 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. During the visit of the current Pope through Canada, the matter has been repeatedly mentioned in the media.

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.

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