Former Taliban Captive To Stay In Canadian Jail For 5 Days
Joshua Boyle, who was recently freed from captivity after years of being held hostage in Afghanistan, has been arrested and faces 15 charges including sexual assault
A Canadian court on Wednesday postponed a bail hearing for former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle, who was arrested on Saturday and faces a total of 15 criminal charges including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement.
Boyle was recently freed from captivity in with his wife and children - 2- and 4-year-old boys and an infant daughter.
When they returned to with three children born in captivity, Boyle said a fourth child had been murdered and his spouse raped after their capture by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network.
The Taliban denied the accusations of rape and murder.
Boyle, 34, appeared in an Ottawa courtroom on Wednesday via video link dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit.
He confirmed his name, but did not enter a plea to the charges.
He is due to appear again in court on January 8.
The court imposed a publication ban that prevents media from reporting on information that could identify any victims or witnesses.
The ban also prohibits reporting on the details of the bail hearing.
The charges include eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of forcible confinement and one count of uttering death threats.
Boyle has retained the services of Lawrence Greenspon, one of Canada's leading criminal defense lawyers.
A Canadian court on Wednesday postponed a bail hearing for Boyle, who is seen above in a court sketch showing him wearing an orange jumpsuit while he appeared via video link in an Ottawa courtroom
‘Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent of all charges. He has no criminal record and has never been in trouble with the police,' Greenspon said in an e-mailed statement.
‘As Mr. Boyle has only just been charged, we are waiting to receive more information about these allegations so that we can i buy cheap trazodone without dr prescription respond to them appropriately in court,' Greenspon said.
He declined to comment further.
A sign attached to the door of the Boyle apartment in Ottawa said family members would not be speaking to the media and requested privacy.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp posted a picture of the notice on its website.
Boyle, of , his American wife Caitlan, and their three children were rescued in October in , five years after the couple was abducted by a Taliban-linked militant group while on a backpacking trip in neighboring Afghanistan.
Boyle was reportedly charged with one count of causing someone to 'take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,' an antidepressant, court documents indicated Tuesday.
There is also a charge of uttering a death threat and a charge of misleading a police officer.
The purported acts allegedly occurred between October 14 - the day after the family returned to Canada - and December 30.
The misleading the police charge stems from an incident on December 30 where Boyle called police to report someone being suicidal and missing. He allegedly concocted the story to 'divert suspicion from himself'.
A judge granted lawyer Ninetta Caparelli's request for adjournment until Monday so the defense can work on a bail plan.
Authorities said the charges include eight counts of assault, two accounts of sexual assault and two counts of unlawful confinement. Boyle was reportedly charged with one count of causing someone to 'take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone'
A day after they were rescued, Boyle told the AP in October that his wife, Caitlan (pictured) had been hospitalized in Ottawa, but did not specify why she was taken to the hospital
In a statement to the Toronto Star, Boyle's wife (left) 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'
Ottawa police declined comment.
In a statement to the Toronto Star, Boyle's wife 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.'
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'Obviously, he is responsible for his own actions,' she added, '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.'
When the family returned to Canada in October, they briefly stayed with Boyle's parents in Smith's Falls, Ontario, but have since moved to an apartment in Ottowa.
According to reports, Caitlin's parents have traveled from the U.S. to support her and her children.
Boyle told the AP in October that his wife had been hospitalized in Ottawa, but did not specify why she was taken to the hospital. He took a picture of her in her hospital bed and emailed it to the AP.
Boyle and his wife were abducted in 2012 by a Taliban-linked militant group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan
The parents of Caitlan, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, said after the rescue that they were elated she had been freed, but they also expressed anger at their son-in law for taking their pregnant daughter to Afghanistan. They are pictured while still in captivity
Pakistani troops rescued the family in an operation October 11 aimed at their captors from the Taliban-linked Haqqani group
He also told the AP that he and his wife decided to have children even while held captive because they always planned to have a big family.
'We're sitting as hostages with a lot of time on our hands,' Boyle said.
'We always wanted as many as possible, and we didn't want to waste time. Cait's in her 30s, the clock is ticking.'
Boyle said then that their three children were 4, 2 and 'somewhere around 6 months'.
'Honestly we've always planned to have a family of 5, 10, 12 children... We're Irish, haha,' he wrote in an email in October.
The parents of Caitlan Boyle, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, said after the rescue that they were elated she had been freed, but they also expressed anger at their son-in law for taking their pregnant daughter to Afghanistan.
The Pakistanis caught the Haqqani fighters at some point after they had moved with their captives across the border from Afghanistan
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the operation was based on a tip from US intelligence. Boyle is pictured with one of his children at their family home in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada
Pakistani troops rescued the family in an operation October 11 aimed at their captors, the Taliban-linked Haqqani group.
The Pakistanis caught the Haqqani fighters at some point after they had moved with their captives across the border from Afghanistan.
Caitlan said that they were being moved in a car when they came under fire and were rescued by the Pakistani forces.
Boyle said he was hit by shrapnel in the incident and that the last thing he heard his captors say was 'kill the hostages'.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the operation was based on a tip from US intelligence.
Boyle was once briefly married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a senior al-Qaida financier who had contacts with Osama bin Laden.
The Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US troops following a firefight and was taken to the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a 'horrible coincidence'.
Boyle and his family met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the leader's office last month.
A Twitter account named 'The Boyle Family' with the handle @BoylesVsWorld posted photos of Boyle, his wife, and their three children inside what appears to be the prime minister's Parliament Hill office.
Many are now questioning Trudeau's wisdom for agreeing to the visit and have questioned whether Boyle was already under police investigation at that time.
In a statement Trudeau's office said the meeting was arranged at the request of the family and that the prime minister would alw