February 25, 2005

Canadian court upholds Desilets extradition

Country Gazette

By Brian Eastwood/ Staff Writer
Friday, February 25, 2005

A Canadian court has upheld the Canadian Minister of Justice's decision to extradite the Rev. Paul M. Desilets, the former Assumption parish priest accused of molesting 18 altar boys between 1974 and 1984.

Worcester County District Attorney John Conte said in a statement that his office was notified by the federal Department of Justice last Thursday that the Quebec Court of Appeals had made its decision.

"Father Desilets now has the right to appeal the Court of Appeals decision to the Canadian Supreme Court," Conte said in a statement. "He has until approximately March 11 to file his appeal."

Elizabeth Stammo, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said the office had no further comment.

Posted by kshaw at February 25, 2005 06:25 AM