Belgian Priest Wanted in Canada Surfaces

Toronto Sun
September 13, 2010

BRUSSELS - A Belgian priest wanted in Canada on allegations of child sexual abuse made contact with justice authorities in Belgium on Monday in a move that could lead to his extradition.

Eric Dejaeger, 63, is on Interpol's international list of wanted people based on a warrant for "crimes against children" issued by authorities in Igloolik, an island in the far north of Canada.

Prosecutors in the Belgian city of Leuven said Dejaeger had telephoned them early on Monday and that local police had taken him away for questioning.

The prosecutors said in a short statement they had asked the Canadian authorities for further information. There is no extradition request from Canada, so Dejaeger was free to return to the abbey south of Leuven where he is living.

Interpol says Dejaeger has joint Belgian and Canadian nationalities.

He is not connected to revelations of abuse by priests committed in Belgium that have rocked the Church and forced the resignation of a bishop who admitted abusing his nephew.

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