Joshua Boyle, a former civilian hostage in Afghanistan only just recently rescued, has now been accused of sexual assault and unlawful confinement in Canada. We have the latest details here.
Joshua Boyle, the Canadian who was once held captive by militants in Afghanistan, is now facing the possibility of life behind bars. He has been charged with a number of crimes, including sexual assault.
Who Is Joshua Boyle?
Joshua Boyle has made headlines for a number of reasons. The first time he came to public’s attention was when he married Zaynab Khadr in 2009. Khadr is the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian-born detainee of Guantanamo Bay who sued the Canadian government after he was allegedly abused in captivity.
Boyle and Khadr divorced in 2010, but not before Boyle converted from Christianity to Islam.
Boyle met his second wife, Caitlan Coleman, online through their mutual love of Star Wars. They married in 2011. Coleman is a U.S. citizen.
The couple headed to Afghanistan in 2012 while on a Central Asian backpacking trip. They were kidnapped in October 2012 and held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. They were rescued in October 2017 by Pakistani forces.
Caitlan Coleman gave birth to three children while in captivity, but there are conflicting reports that another child, a daughter, was murdered by their captors.
A few months after the family’s return to Canada, they met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Criminal Charges Against Boyle
Joshua Boyle, 34, had numerous charges laid against him on December 30, 2017. The 15 charges include eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement, one count of uttering threats, one count of causing someone to take a noxious substance, and one count of misleading police.
The victims have not been identified but due to court records, we do know that there are at least two of them. The incidents that led to these charges allegedly occurred in Ottawa, Canada from October 14 to December 30, 2017.
The victims’ identities are protected by a publication ban.