Canada U.S. not looking to arrest freed hostage Joshua Boyle, American official says

13:26  13 october  2017
13:26  13 october  2017 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

The strange tale of a family freed from Afghanistan

  The strange tale of a family freed from Afghanistan The strange tale of a family freed from AfghanistanThey met online in 2011 and shared a passion for Star Wars. They both had wanderlust in their hearts, which took to them the steps of Central Asia in 2012 — and landed them in captivity for five years.

News reports have noted that freed hostage Joshua Boyle , a Canadian, has declined to take a U . S . military flight back to the U . S . U . S . officials acknowledged that Boyle refused to board a U . S . military C-130 because he is worried he would face possible arrest .

Image caption Joshua Boyle is facing 15 criminal charges. A Canadian man who was held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked insurgent group has been arrested . Canadian media said the offences were alleged to have happened since Mr Boyle ' s return to Ottawa. He faces eight assault charges

News reports have noted that freed hostage Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, has declined to take a U.S. military flight back to the U.S.

Boyle has reportedly expressed concern he could possibly be arrested.

U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman and her husband Boyle, originally from Ottawa, were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012. While in captivity, Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children. The family was rescued Thursday by Pakistani intelligence officials and troops.

Boyle’s concern about possible arrest by U.S. authorities is linked to his past history.

His interest in national security and human rights issues after Sept. 11, 2001, led him to meet Zaynab Khadr, a vocal critic of the detention of her young brother, Omar, at the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay prison.

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Joshua Boyle was recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan. Attorney Eric Granger said Joshua Boyle also faces assault and forcible confinement charges.

Freed hostages refuse to board US military plan. After being held hostage for more than five years, Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband and the three But Boyle is refusing to board an American military plane in Pakistan waiting to take them home, fearing he'll be arrested , a U . S . official said .

Boyle acted as a family spokesman during her October 2008 hunger strike on Parliament Hill. His marriage to Zaynab Khadr came to light after bullets were fired at his family’s home in west Ottawa. At the time, Boyle suggested the attack was a message in response to his marriage to a woman whose family had ties to Osama bin Laden.

“I’m sure I don’t have to speculate for you on the meaning of .22-calibre bullets fired from close range through residential windows following an unwarranted break-in by an intruder who left behind all the jewelry, cash and valuables in the house,” he said in April 2009.

“Perhaps somebody is unhappy that the Boyles are highlighting to the public just how human the Khadrs really are.”

Boyle divorced Zaynab Khadr in 2010.

U.S. officials acknowledged that Boyle refused to board a U.S. military C-130 because he is worried he would face possible arrest.

But U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle released the following statement to CNN: “Throughout the captivity of Boyle and Coleman, the Department focused its efforts on supporting their recovery and identifying and holding accountable those responsible for taking them hostage. Coleman and Boyle are not charged with any federal crime and, as such, we do not seek their arrest.”

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