Joshua Boyle, Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan, faces 15 charges -

Joshua Boyle, Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan, faces 15 charges

The charges, according to court documents, include eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault and two of unlawful confinement


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.

Boyle’s appearance in an orange jumpsuit from the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre lasted less than two minutes before Justice Norman Boxall agreed to adjourn the case until Monday.

Before the matter was adjourned, Boxall was told Boyle has retained high-profile Ottawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Greenspon as part of his defence team, although Greenspon was not in court.

Joshua Boyle speaks to media. He and his wife Caitlan Coleman and their two sons, 4 and 2, and newborn daughter returned to Canada after being held hostage for five years at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga on Oct. 13, 2017. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Court documents show that the 15 charges against Boyle include eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to “take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,” an antidepressant.

There is also a charge of uttering a death threat and another of misleading a police officer. The purported acts allegedly occurred between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30 after Boyle returned to Canada.

A publication ban prevents identifying the alleged victims or any witnesses. The charges have not been proven in court.

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Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant at the time and the couple had three children in captivity.

“He’s never been in trouble before,” Granger said. “No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage. We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges.”

Granger said his client is “coping.”

“He’s as OK as anyone is who is suddenly and unexpectedly facing charges for the first time,” he said.

A publication ban bars any information that could identify the alleged victims or witnesses in the case.

A man who answered the phone at the residence of Boyle’s parents in Smith Falls, Ont., on Tuesday said he did not want to comment.

The Prime Minister’s Office also said it would not comment since the investigation is ongoing.

A government official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Boyles at the family’s request.

The official said the prime minister would generally meet with any returning hostage with connections to Canada, and discussion of the hostage-taking was the main purpose of the meeting with the Boyles.

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Boyle has said he and his wife were helping ordinary villagers in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan when they were seized. He told The Canadian Press that conditions during their five-year ordeal changed over time as the family was shuffled among at least three prisons.

He described the first as “remarkably barbaric,” the second as more comfortable and the third as a place of violence in which he and his wife were frequently separated and beaten.

Boyle said their captors from the Taliban-linked Haqqani network raped his wife and had also caused her to suffer a miscarriage. Shortly after landing in Toronto after being rescued, he demanded that his kidnappers be brought to justice.

In an interview with ABC News, Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pa., recalled that guards dragged her husband from their cell, and one of them threw her on the ground, shouting, “I will kill you, I will kill you” before assaulting her.

She also said their captors beat their eldest son with a stick.

The couple and their children had gone to Boyle’s parents home in Smiths Falls, Ont., after being rescued.

— With files from The Associated Press

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Joshua Boyle, Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan, faces 15 charges

  1. You know, there were hundreds of thousands of us out here in readerland that knew Boyle wasn’t as much a captive but a willing participant in a gross charade. His actions upon his release, plus this, basically cement that whole idea in place.
    However, you could scour the internet until you were blue in the face looking for any articles from Canadian journalists that even remotely question Boyle’s motivations in all this. Many of us find that the Canadian media is somewhat curiously incurious when it comes to any matters that involve unusual fixations with Islam.

    • How could any normal woman even consider going to a violent, backwards place, with a guy like Boyle. Is she a bit slow, because anyone with half a brain, would not put their unborn child at risk.
      So much BS …..Canadian media is so full of politically correct snowflakes afraid to do some real investigation, and tell the true story.

  2. Can the MSM, for just a little while, stop referring to this guy as a ‘hostage’. That story should have been called bullshit by any media doing their job – instead they lined up to repeat the Liberal government line that made Trudeau look good – virtue signaling at its best!

    Who the heck takes their pregnant wife hiking in Afghanistan? Are there NO hiking trails in Canada? This guy is well connected to Canada’s own terrorist family (brought back to Canada by the Liberal PM Chretien) so it is highly unlikely that he was ever a hostage of the Taliban, there was NEVER any ransom demand, the whole family looked well fed and cared for after their 4/5 year ‘hostage’ ordeal including having three kids!

    Now we have the CBC promoting that these charges are related to the PTSD that Boyle ‘suffered’ from as a result of his ‘ordeal’ – anyone with half a brain can see a 10 million dollar payout coming down the pipe soon.

    MSM – THIS is why the public no longer trusts anything that the media is trying to promote. The media didn’t do any serious reporting on this at the time or since. Macleans – your decline is predictable and deserving.

  3. So it turns out this guy is not only a terrorist supporter and liar, he’s a frigging psychopath. Any thoughts on why he chose to return to Canada rather than the U.S.? Sunny ways you think?

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