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Title: Freed Cnd Taliban Hostage faces criminal Charges Jan/18
Post by: jellybean on January 26, 2018, 02:59:02 PM
Freed Canadian hostage, facing assault charges, to get psychiatric assessment


Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle, who faces a number of criminal charges including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement, will spend up to 60 days in a psychiatric facility for evaluation, a court said on Friday.

The charges filed earlier this month are for crimes prosecutors have said occurred in Canada after Boyle and his family returned to the country in October 2016. Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were kidnapped in October 2012 while backpacking in Afghanistan.

The specifics of the accusations against Boyle have not been made public. The court has imposed a publication ban that prevents media from reporting on information that could identify any victims or witnesses.

Boyle, 34, now faces 19 charges, his lawyer Lawrence Greenspon said, four more than previously. Details on the additional charges were not immediately available from the court.

The original charges included eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of forcible confinement and one count of uttering death threats.

Boyle will be sent to an in-patient facility south of Ottawa as soon as a bed is available and will be evaluated for possible treatment, Greenspon told reporters outside the court.

When Boyle and his wife returned to Canada with their 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. [nL2N1MP02P][nL4N1MQ07B]

The family met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his Parliament Hill office in December. Asked later by reporters about the meeting, Trudeau said it had been approved by intelligence and security agencies.
Boyle's next court appearance is scheduled for March 26.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Bill Trott)
Title: Re: Freed Cnd Taliban Hostage faces criminal Charges Jan/18
Post by: jellybean on January 26, 2018, 11:11:13 PM
It gets worse/ jb [


Former hostage Joshua Boyle faces more charges, including sex assault

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Published on: January 26, 2018 | Last Updated: January 26, 2018 3:31 PM EST
Joshua Boyle, the former Afghanistan hostage who was rescued along with his family after five years of apparent captivity, is facing new criminal charges in Ottawa. Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Joshua Boyle, the former Afghanistan hostage who was rescued along with his family after five years of apparent captivity, is facing new criminal charges in Ottawa ? including sexual assault with ropes, attacking someone with a broomstick and criminal harassment.

Boyle, 34, was arrested by Ottawa police in late December on 15 criminal charges, including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug. Boyle, the son of an Ottawa judge, was also charged with misleading police on Dec. 30 after reporting that someone was suicidal and missing. Boyle concocted the story to ?divert suspicion from himself,? police allege.

Prosecutors filed the new charges Friday, bringing the total number of charges to 19. Boyle also made a brief appearance in court on Friday via video from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

Boyle has been found fit to stand trial but will undergo an intensive psychiatric assessment to address any mental health issues.
Lawrence Greenspon, his defence lawyer, addressed reporters after the court hearing. ?He?s been through five years as a hostage and it should be no surprise to anybody that ? it?s affected his mental health,? Greenspon said.

The alleged crimes date back to Oct. 14 ? two days after Boyle called his family in Canada to tell them he had been freed. 

Boyle was reportedly abducted by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip with his pregnant wife. His children were born and raised in captivity until their rescue by Pakistani commandos.

Boyle had previously been in the public spotlight because of his brief marriage to Omar Khadr?s older sister. He and his family also met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month following their rescue, after the Canadian government worked to secure their release.

The charges against Boyle previously involved two alleged victims, but that has been reduced to one after the Crown dropped an assault charge involving a minor.

There is a publication ban on the name of the alleged victim, and none of the charges has been proved in court.

Boyle?s legal team says he is eager for the ?full story? to be presented in court.

When Boyle and his family were released after five years of reported captivity, American intelligence officials publicly said they had long suspected Boyle had entered Afghanistan with the desire to hook up with ?Taliban-affiliated militants.?

Despite the length of their captivity, it remains unclear if ransom was ever demanded by their kidnappers.

When asked by ABC News following his rescue why he was in Afghanistan, Boyle refused to answer.

Boyle did allege in a public statement at the time that the Haqqani network in Afghanistan had killed his infant daughter and raped his wife during their captivity.

The Taliban has denied Boyle?s accusations.

In a statement to ABC News, Boyle?s wife Caitlan Coleman said: ?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 is most culpable for this.?
Title: Re: Freed Cnd Taliban Hostage faces criminal Charges Jan/18
Post by: Sap1 on January 27, 2018, 02:02:05 PM
And under all that strain they managed to produce 3 children while in captivity? Something wrong with the total picture.
He looks like a militant ... his pout and his eyes are angry, while his wife (on whatever photos she is in) looks quite depressed.
He had to have had issues to begin with, traipsing near Taliban strongholds to begin with. It wasn't a mistake.

Here go our tax dollars again.
Title: Re: Freed Cnd Taliban Hostage faces criminal Charges Jan/18
Post by: jellybean on January 27, 2018, 03:14:05 PM
Lots is wrong with the picture.  It has been suggested that he went over to join the Taliban.  The story of hiking and being caught trespassing over the border was possibly made up. 
Our Investigative reporters may find out true facts, if they ever decide to look into it. Something is wrong with his story.

There was just the two of them at the time.
I cannot see Taliban keeping couples together, for obvious reasons.
One would think they would have been separated. She would have been married off to a Taliban, if anything.  /jb