Father Rivoire: complaint in sight against his congregation for “criminal concealment”

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Père Rivoire : complaint in view against his congregation for “ concealment of a criminal”

Johannes Rivoire arrived in Nunavut in the 1960s and returned to France in 1993 .

A complaint for “criminal concealment” will be filed in Lyon against the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, to which belongs Father Joannes Rivoire, accused of sexual assault in Canada, announced Thursday the lawyer of & #x27;a delegation of Inuit came to support the cleric's extradition request.

This congregation provided aid and assistance to a person who was being prosecuted for criminal acts. We are going to file a complaint for concealment of criminal, so that all the light is shed on the help from which Father Rivoire received in his flight, declared Me Nadia Debbache during a press conference of this delegation to Lyon.

Father Rivoire, 92, who resides in Lyon, but also has Canadian nationality, is the subject of an extradition request filed in early August by Ottawa. He is accused of sexually assaulting young Inuit in the 1960s when he was on a mission in the Canadian Far North, charges he disputes.

Steve Mapsalak, Tanya Tungilik and Jesse Tungilik spoke to the media on Thursday September 15 about their meeting with the father Johannes Rivoire.

So far, the priest, who left Canada in 1993 after 33 years in the field, has never been worried. After a first arrest warrant between 1998 and 2017 for sexual assault on three minors, he has been the subject of a second arrest warrant in Canada since February, after the filing of a ;a new complaint in September 2021 for a sexual assault that occurred around 47 years ago.

The complaint will be filed in the coming days before the Lyon prosecutor's office, said Me Debbache.

The provincial of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), Vincent Gruber, claims that his congregation in France was only notified in 2013 of these accusations, which he repeated on Wednesday during a meeting with this delegation. He has repeatedly denounced in the media an inexcusable dysfunction.

The congregation, for its part, announced on Wednesday that it was launching a procedure for the dismissal of Father Rivoire, who also met on Wednesday with members of this delegation, made up of an alleged victim and two children of ;another alleged victim.

The provincial residence of the Oblates in Lyon, France, where an Inuit delegation met with Father Johannes Rivoire, accused of child molestation in 1960s and 1970s Nunavut.

Me Debbache, saying he relied on the information given by Vincent Gruber on Wednesday during their meeting, indicated that the OMI had not reported to the French judicial authorities in 2013, contenting itself with #x27;a report to the congregation for the doctrine of the faith.

This would have given instructions to keep Joannes Rivoire under house arrest, without informing the judicial authorities, citing Rivoire's age. It was only in 2018, when the priest was living in a retirement home in Strasbourg, in the north-east of France, that Vincent Gruber reported him to the local prosecutor's office.

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