France refuses extradition of priest accused of sexual assault in Nunavut

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The federal government says France has refused a request to extradite a priest accused of crimes against children in Nunavut.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada requested the extradition of Johannes Rivoire, who was in Canada from the early 1960s until 1993.

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Rivoire is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, issued in February, on a charge of sexual assault stemming from a complaint received last year.

He had previously avoided trial over multiple allegations of sexual abuse related to his time as a priest in Nunavut.

A group representing the Inuit of Nunavut traveled to France last month to seek their extradition.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller said in a tweet that it is heartbreaking to see « this grave injustice continue. »


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