A Canadian ex-hostage who was held captive in Afghanistan appeared in court (via video link) for a preliminary hearing today after being charged with 15 offenses, including sexual assault following his release from captivity.
CBS News (@CBSNews) reports, Joshua Boyle had a beard and wore an orange jumpsuit as he appeared before a judge via video link today. The court appearances only lasted a few minutes.
Boyle, his wife Caitlan, and the couples’ three children were freed from Pakistan in October, five years after the couple was abducted by a Taliban-linked group while backpacking in Afghanistan. The couples’ three children were born in captivity. In a statement to the Toronto Star, Boyle’s wife wrote
“I can’t speak about the specific charges, but I can say that ultimately it is the strain of the trauma he was forced to endure for so many years and the effects that that had on his mental state that is most culpable for this. Obviously, he is responsible for his own actions, but it is with compassion and forgiveness that I say I hope help and healing can be found for him. As to the rest of us, myself and the children, we are healthy and holding up as well as we can.”
The acts Boyle is charges with allegedly occurred between October 14th and December 30th, after Boyle had returned to Canada. The charges include eight (8) counts of sexual assault, two (2) counts of unlawful confinement, and one count of causing someone to take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone, an anti-depressant. There is also a charge of a death threat and a charge of misleading a police officer.