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Rescued Canadian national Joshua Boyle arrested on multiple charges

13 January 2018

A Canadian man who was held hostage with his wife and children for five years by Taliban-linked militants has been arrested on charges including sexual assault, forced confinement and making death threats. He is expected to appear in court on January 3.

Boyle said he and his family were subject to beatings and torture, and their captors raped Coleman and authorized the slaying of their infant daughter.

Joshua Boyle, 34, and wife Caitlan Coleman were abducted by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in 2012 during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.

A publication ban has been imposed, preventing the alleged victims from being identified.

A senior official had said Boyle refused to board an American military plane after his rescue over concerns he could face arrest.

On October 11 a year ago, with joint efforts by the United States (US) and Canada, the couple was brought back to Canada after Pakistani forces located the family and rescued them, after receiving intelligence from Afghanistan-based USA forces.

"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".

She gave birth to three other children while she was a hostage, and told the Star she delivered them by flashlight with the help of her husband.

Before the matter was adjourned, Justice Norman Boxall was told Boyle has retained prominent Ottawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Greenspon as part of his defense team, although Greenspon was not in court.

As of Tuesday, Boyle remained in police custody, Granger said. "He has never been in trouble with the law".

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.

CBC continued that court documents show that the charges relate to two alleged victims, and the alleged offences happened in Ottawa between October 14 and December 30. "We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges".

"The Prime Minister did meet with the Boyles earlier this week, and like all Canadians, we are relieved that their awful ordeal is over and they are back home safely", a statement from the prime minister's office said at the time.

They said Harper typically had phone calls with newly rescued hostages, including with James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden (released from Iraq in 2006), Mellissa Fung (released from Afghanistan in 2008), and Bob Fowler and Louis Guay (released from West Africa in 2009). The couple and their children were freed in a mission carried out by Pakistani forces based on intelligence from United States authorities.

Rescued Canadian national Joshua Boyle arrested on multiple charges