Former Taliban Hostage Freed In Pakistan Faces Assault Charges In Canada

Joshua Boyle and his family were rescued after a tip-off from US intelligence

Joshua Boyle and his family were rescued after a tip-off from US intelligence

The charges were filed on Monday (1 January), court documents show.

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on December 19, 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman (l.) speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons. A publication ban bars reporting any information that could identify the alleged victims.

When Boyle and his family were rescued by Pakistani commandos after being tipped to their whereabouts by the CIA, American intelligence publicly stated they had long suspected that Boyle and his wife had entered Afghanistan with the desire to hook up with "Taliban-affiliated militants".

Boyle, a convert to Islam, was kidnapped along with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012.

After a brief court appearance on New Year's Day, Boyle remains in police custody. They were held hostage for the last five years.

Former hostage Joshua Boyle appeared briefly via teleconference in an Ottawa courthouse Wednesday morning as his lawyers asked the judge for more time to come up with plans for seeking bail. Granger said he is "eager" to see the evidence against his client.

Coleman said she blamed "the strain and trauma he was forced to endure for so many years and the effects that that had on his mental state" for her husband's alleged actions.

"Mr. Boyle is a young man who we all know has been through a lot. He has no criminal record and has never been in trouble with the police".

Boyle who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years appeared briefly in an Ottawa court on Wednesday, facing a slew of charges that include sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats.

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.

They said Harper typically had phone calls with newly rescued hostages, including with James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden (released from Iraq in 2006), Mellissa Fung (released from Afghanistan in 2008), and Bob Fowler and Louis Guay (released from West Africa in 2009). The family was freed in a mission carried out by Pakistani forces based on information from USA authorities.

Coleman was pregnant with their first child when they were abducted and all of their children were born in captivity.

Coleman said that she and her children were healthy and "holding up".

A week before Christmas, Mr. Boyle posted to Twitter pictures of him and his family visiting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his Centre Block office.