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Former Canadian Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle charged with sexual assault, unlawful confinement

January 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Canadian Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle charged with sexual assault, unlawful confinement

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Police charge former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle with sexual assault, confinement

The Canadian man who was abducted while backpacking with his wife in Afghanistan has been taken into custody and is facing at least a dozen charges, one of which includes sexual assault.

Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman, and their three children — all of whom were born in captivity — were released in October 2017 in Afghanistan.

According to NBC News,  purported assaults took place between October 14th and December 30th, according to court documents.

Boyle is facing charges of assault, sexual assault, illegal confinement, uttering death threats, causing someone to “take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,” and misleading authorities.

Pakistani troops rescued the family after they were held in captivity for five years.

In a statement to the Toronto Star, Boyle’s wife said: “I can’t speak about the specific charges, but I can say that it is the strain and trauma he was forced to endure and the effects that that had on his mental state that is most culpable for this.”

“He is responsible for his actions, but it is with compassion and forgiveness that help and healing can be found for him,” she added. “As to the rest of us, we are healthy and holding up as well as we can.”

On Wednesday, a hearing on the case will be held in Ottawa.

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