Freed hostage Joshua Boyle arrested for sexual assault

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

A Canadian man recently rescued in Pakistan with his American wife and children after five years of captivity by the Taliban has been arrested and faces assault charges in Canada, his lawyer says.

Caitlan Boyle has also spoken out in defense of her husband, noting that the years of captivity have likely placed him in a fragile mental state. "He's never been in trouble before", his lawyer Eric Granger told the Guardian in an email.

The CBC reported that there are two alleged victims, but also did not identify them.

According to local news outlet Toronto Star, Boyle is facing 15 charges.

Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving with his wife and three children to Toronto Pearson International Airport, almost 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 2017.

Boyle and Coleman were held for five years after being abducted during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan in October 2012.

Boyle will remain in police custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for January 8.

Boyle also told AP that week that he and his wife made a decision to have children even while held captive because they always planned to have a big family.

Boyle will appear in court via teleconference Wednesday. Granger said he is "eager" to see the evidence against his client.

"As the matter is now before the courts, we have no further comments at this time, and Mr. Boyle will not be making any statements".

Joshua Boyle, now in police custody, faces criminal charges including eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of unlawful confinement, the CTV News said.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office said he would not comment on an ongoing investigation, but the office previously confirmed the meeting between Mr. Trudeau and the Boyle family took place.

The purported acts allegedly occurred between October 14 and December 30 after Boyle returned to Canada. US officials say the family spent nearly all their confinement in neighboring Pakistan, which is where they were freed by Pakistani troops.

She said it was "with compassion and forgiveness that I. hope help and healing can be found for him".

Coleman said that she and her children were healthy and "holding up". He told reporters that the Haqqani group had authorized the murder of one of the couple's children and had brutally raped Coleman, and asked the Afghan government to bring his kidnappers to justice. He and his family met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month following their rescue.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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