Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle arrested in Canada

Coleman was pregnant at the time, and she gave birth to three children in captivity. All 15 charges stem from events that allegedly occurred between October 14 and December 30, after Boyle and his family returned to Canada. A further hearing on the case is scheduled in for January 3.

On his release Mr Boyle was initially reluctant to board the flight out of Pakistan, refusing to board a United States military plane and saying his conversion to Islam and long-standing support for freed Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr would make him a target for USA officials.

The names of the alleged victims are protected by a publication ban.

Boyle has said he and his wife were helping ordinary villagers in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan when they were seized. "No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage", Granger wrote.

Boyle, 34, faces 15 charges that include eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of forcible confinement, one count of uttering death threats, one count of misleading police and one count of giving someone a noxious substance.

She said "with compassion and forgiveness that I... hope help and healing can be found for him".

Coleman said that she and her children were healthy and "holding up".

Boyle also told AP that he and his wife chose to have children even while held captive because they always planned to have a big family, thinking: "Hey, let's make the best of this and at least go home with a larger start on our dream family". "Cait's in her 30s, the clock is ticking". "We're Irish, haha", he wrote in an email in October.

Boyle and Coleman, who have been married since 2011, were kidnapped by the Taliban during what they described as a backpacking trip through war-torn Afghanistan in 2012, and were later transferred to the custody of the Haqqani faction, known for its alleged ties to the Pakistani military.

Pakistani soldiers rescued the family in an operation October 11 aimed at their captors from the Taliban-linked Haqqani group.

Upon his arrival in Toronto two days later Boyle accused his captors of raping his wife and killing his baby daughter, a fourth child - allegations swiftly refuted by the Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

The Pakistanis caught the Haqqani fighters at some point after they had moved with their captives across the border from Afghanistan.

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. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the operation was based on a tip from US intelligence. He was briefly married to Khadr's sister. Khadr pleaded guilty to killing an American soldier and was imprisoned for 10 years at the notorious US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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