Canada Joshua Boyle, Canadian hostage in Afghanistan, arrested and faces list of charges in Ottawa

23:52  02 january  2018
23:52  02 january  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM

  Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM A meeting between the prime minister and former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle’s family in Justin Trudeau’s Parliament Hill office is raising questions about who is selected to meet with Canada’s head of government and why. On New Year's Day, less than two weeks after Boyle, his wife and three children met with Trudeau, Boyle was arrested and charged with more than a dozen criminal offences , including sexual assault, assault, administering a noxious substance, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.

OTTAWA — Joshua Boyle , the Canadian man who was held hostage with his American wife and children for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been arrested and charged with assault

Joshua Boyle , the Canadian man who was held captive in Afghanistan for five years with his wife, is facing more than a dozen charges including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.


OTTAWA—Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was held hostage with his American wife and children for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been arrested and charged with assault, unlawful confinement and other offences that are alleged to have occurred in the weeks since his dramatic rescue from captivity in October.

Boyle, 34, appeared in Ottawa court on New Year’s Day and remains in police custody.

There is a court order that prevents publication of information that would identify any of the alleged victims.

Boyle faces 15 charges, according to a court document outlining the allegations.

These include:

  • Eight counts of assault;
  • Two counts of sexual assault;
  • Two counts of unlawful confinement;
  • One count of uttering death threats;
  • One count of causing someone to “take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone;” and
  • One count of misleading police.

All of the alleged offences occurred in Ottawa between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30, the document says.

Boyle’s lawyer Eric Granger told the Star that his client is presumed innocent and that he is “eager to see” the evidence in the case.

“Mr. Boyle is a young man who we all know has been through a lot. He has never been in trouble with the law,” Granger wrote in an email.

“We look forward to receiving that evidence and defending him against these charges in court.”

Boyle is scheduled to appear in an Ottawa courtroom Wednesday morning.

Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM

  Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM A meeting between the prime minister and former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle’s family in Justin Trudeau’s Parliament Hill office is raising questions about who is selected to meet with Canada’s head of government and why.On New Year's Day, less than two weeks after Boyle, his wife and three children met with Trudeau, Boyle was arrested and charged with more than a dozen criminal offences , including sexual assault, assault, administering a noxious substance, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.

Joshua Boyle , who spent five years with his family in militant captivity in Afghanistan , faces multiple charges in Canada , including assault and unlawful confinement.

Following his release, he never even visited the girl who had given up all her money and several years of her life to get him home. He had extorted money from the production company who made the film. The list goes on.!!!!!

Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children — all of whom were born in captivity — returned to Canada on Oct. 13, after Pakistani forces rescued them from the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, which had held them hostage since October 2012, when Boyle and his wife were captured while backpacking in Afghanistan.

In a statement to the Star, Coleman wrote, “I can’t speak about the specific charges, but I can say that ultimately it is the strain and trauma he was forced to endure for so many years and the effects that that had on his mental state that is most culpable for this.

“Obviously, he is responsible for his own actions,” she wrote, “but it is with compassion and forgiveness that I say I hope help and healing can be found for him. As to the rest of us, myself and the children, we are healthy and holding up as well as we can.”

Boyle’s brother, Dan, told the Star in an interview Tuesday that his family wants Joshua to receive mental health treatment. Dan said that Boyle has been living with his wife and children in east-end Ottawa and was arrested Monday morning.

So much of the Joshua Boyle story just makes no sense

  So much of the Joshua Boyle story just makes no sense I don’t believe Joshua Boyle.Never have.Not the alleged abduction of Boyle and pregnant wife Caitlin Coleman in Afghanistan by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network, not their diverse reasons for venturing into a benighted and extremely dangerous war-ravaged country where the Taliban has been clawing back swaths of territory since NATO and American forces withdrew, not the purportedly wretched circumstances in which they were held captive for five years, and not the inconsistent details of a rescue operation conducted by Pakistan commandos last October.

The Canadian man formerly held hostage in Afghanistan with his family for five years by Taliban-linked militants was arrested and charged in a Canadian court on Monday with 15 offenses, including assault, sexual assault, and unlawful confinement. Joshua Boyle , 34, his American wife

Joshua Boyle , Canadian hostage in Afghanistan , arrested and faces list of charges in Ottawa . Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman were backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 when their ordeal began. The Taliban-linked Haqqani network, which the Canadian government deems a terrorist

“I’ve spoken with his wife, Caitlan, she’s fine. The children are fine,” Dan said, adding that Coleman’s parents, who are from Pennsylvania, are in Ottawa.

“I know that they were put through hell for five years,” he said.

In an interview with the Star 12 days after their release, Coleman said that she and her husband were transferred from Afghanistan to Pakistan soon after they were kidnapped.

The 31-year-old gave birth to three children while in captivity and told the Star that her captors terminated another pregnancy by dosing her with estrogen. She said this was in retaliation for her husband’s refusal to join the Haqqani network.

She said that she was raped during her captivity, and that she and her family were often drugged and put in the trunk of a vehicle when being transported to different locations.

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children returned to Canada in October 2017 after being held hostage for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan.© Steve Russell Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children returned to Canada in October 2017 after being held hostage for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Coleman said that, on Oct. 11, 2017, they were placed in the trunk of their kidnappers’ car, after which a gunfight broke out and they were freed by Pakistani security forces.

Joshua Boyle to appear in court today

  Joshua Boyle to appear in court today Joshua Boyle to appear in court todayBoyle was arrested by Ottawa police late last month and made his first court appearance on New Year's Day facing 15 charges, including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to take a noxious thing.

Joshua Boyle , the Canadian man who was held hostage with his American wife and children for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been arrested and charged with assault, unlawful confinement Boyle , 34, appeared in Ottawa court on New Year’s Day and remains in police custody.

Joshua Boyle , the Canadian who was held captive in Afghanistan for five years with his wife and now faces more than a dozen criminal charges , made another brief court appearance via video link Monday morning in Ottawa . Accused former hostage 's next court appearance set for Jan.

Boyle had earlier told the Star that he was hit by shrapnel during the ordeal, and that the last thing he heard his captors say was “Kill the hostages.”

All three of the children — boys age 4 and 2, and an infant daughter — have undergone tests at the children’s hospital in Ottawa. Coleman was also receiving medical attention in October but said she had been recovering.

Boyle told the Star after their release that the family was eager to start rebuilding their life in North America.

“We’re looking forward to a new lease on life,” he said at the time.

From Nazi women and Khadrs to Star Wars and torture: A look at Joshua Boyle’s vast Wikipedia edits .
From Nazi women and Khadrs to Star Wars and torture: A look at Joshua Boyle’s vast Wikipedia editsBoyle did extensive, perhaps obsessive, work as an avid unpaid contributor to the public-source online encyclopedia on a wide variety of subjects, spending several hours almost every day adding and deleting inform­­ation and arguing with other editors for years.

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