Joshua Boyle: Rescued from Taliban clutches, Canadian man faces multiple charges; Arrested

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Caitlan Boyle is a US citizen who grew up in Stewartstown, Pa., about 2 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line and 30 miles north of Baltimore.

Boyle and his then-pregnant wife, Caitlan Coleman, were abducted in 2012 in Afghanistan and held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

Boyle's alleged victims were not identified due to a publication ban.

While advocating for Khadr, a Canadian captured at the age of 15 in 2002 in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay before being transferred to Canada and later released, Boyle met his sister in 2008 while she was carrying out a hunger strike.

News of Boyle's recent arrest made national and worldwide headlines on Tuesday, roughly three months after the couple and their children were freed as hostages from Taliban-linked militants in Pakistan.

It is not clear when Boyle was arrested, but he made his first court appearance on New Year's Day, NBC News reports.


During that time, Boyle said his family was shuffled among at least three prisons.

Boyle's attorney Eric Granger said he has not received any evidence of the case, as is normal at this stage. "He has never been in trouble with the law", Granger wrote in an email.

In all, Boyle is facing 15 criminal charges, ranging from assault, to sexual assault, to forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug (Trazodone).

The charges, filed on Monday, are for crimes prosecutors said occurred in Canada after Mr Boyle and his family returned to the country last October. "We look forward to receiving that evidence and defending him against these charges in court".

Boyle's American wife, Caitlan Coleman, told Canadian media that his alleged crimes were ultimately a result of the trauma he experienced in captivity.

"With compassion and forgiveness that I... hope help and healing can be found for him,"Caitlan added". She noted that she and their children were "healthy and holding up as well as we can".

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. USA officials say the family spent nearly all their confinement in neighboring Pakistan, which is where they were freed by Pakistani troops. That horrific ordeal ended when they were rescued by Pakistani authorities.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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