Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Former Canadian hostage in Afghanistan faces 15 criminal charges

Former Canadian hostage in Afghanistan faces 15 criminal charges

Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle made a brief video appearance in an Ottawa courtroom today after being charged with 15 offences, including sexual assault, following his release from captivity in Afghanistan. A further hearing on the case is scheduled in for January 3.

CTV News has reached out to the Boyle family, who declined to comment.

Boyle, his American wife and their three children were brought back to Canada on October 13, 2017 after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan five years ago.

A publication ban prohibits disclosure of details that could identify victims.

Boyle, his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, from Stewartstown, York County, and their three children were freed in October by Pakistani forces acting on intelligence from United States authorities.

The couple were backpacking in Afghanistan in October 2012 when they were captured by the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network.

Police now allege Boyle concocted the story to "divert suspicion from himself". "No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage", Granger wrote.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office won't say if it was aware of any criminal investigation into former hostage Joshua Boyle before Trudeau held a private gathering with the family shortly before Christmas.

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Granger added: "He's never been in trouble before".

In all, Boyle is facing 15 criminal charges, ranging from assault, to sexual assault, to forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug (Trazodone).

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle talks on the phone outside the Boyle family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017.

The grainy photos - likely taken on a cellphone - show Boyle, Coleman and their three children meeting with the prime minister.

"As Mr Boyle has only just been charged, we are waiting to receive more information about these allegations so that we can respond to them appropriately in court", Mr Greenspon said.

He didn't say whether the captors killed the child, only that they "authorized the murder" of his infant daughter.

Coleman said that she and her children were healthy and "holding up".

"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.

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