Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, arrested for sexual assault
Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man held hostage by Taliban-linked militants for practically 5 years, has been arrested in Ottawa and is going through greater than a dozen prices together with sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering loss of life threats.
Boyle was rescued in late 2017 in Pakistan, alongside together with his American spouse, Caitlan Coleman, and their three younger kids, all of whom have been born in captivity. The couple had been kidnapped whereas travelling by way of a mountainous area of Afghanistan. Coleman was greater than six months pregnant on the time.
Shortly after touchdown in Canada, Boyle, 34, advised reporters that his spouse had been raped and one among their kids was killed. The allegations have been later denied by the Taliban.
This week police in Ottawa laid 15 prices towards Boyle, together with eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of illegal confinement and one rely of uttering loss of life threats.
Boyle was additionally charged with one rely of forcing a person to ingest a noxious substance, described as an anti-depressant, and one rely of deceptive police, in accordance with court docket paperwork cited by the Toronto Star. None of the allegations have been confirmed in court docket.
The incidents are alleged to have taken place in current months, following the household’s return to Canada. A publication ban prevents the alleged victims from being recognized.
After a quick court docket look on New Year’s Day, Boyle stays in police custody. He was not anticipated to attend a court docket continuing scheduled for Wednesday, his lawyer Eric Granger advised the Guardian.
“Mr Boyle is presumed innocent. He’s never been in trouble before,” Granger mentioned in an electronic mail. “No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage. We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges.”
When approached for remark, Boyle’s spouse mentioned she couldn’t focus on the fees, and he or she and the kids have been “healthy and holding up as well as we can”.
At the time of Boyle’s arrest, the household was residing in an residence in Ottawa. The household was again within the headlines in December, after it emerged that they’d met with Justin Trudeau on the prime minister’s workplace on Parliament Hill.
Photos revealed on social media confirmed Trudeau holding the couple’s youngest youngster. The household mentioned on social media that they’d used the assembly to debate the lack of their youngster in captivity in addition to the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network.