Last time we saw him, Canadian man Joshua Boyle was thanking reporters at Toronto’s airport in October. He was relieved and grateful after finally being rescued from the Taliban-linked extremist group Haqqani in Afghanistan. He and his American wife, Caitlin Coleman, had been held hostage for five years.
Boyle at the time said Coleman and their three children who were born in captivity – aged four, two and two months – were recovering slowly. His middle child, he said later, was struggling with the transition into freedom, as everything reminded him of the terrors they’d faced. His wife had been raped repeatedly at the hands of the extremists, Boyle claimed. And another child, a daughter, had died in captivity when she was just a baby.
Now, 34-year-old Boyle has been charged with 15 offences including sexual assault, unlawful confinement, and uttering death threats. He appeared in an Ottawa court on Monday and remains in police custody, AAP reports.
The alleged offences took place in Ottawa between October 14 and December 30.