Freed Canadian hostage arrested for assault

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A Canadian man who was held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked insurgent group has been arrested.

Joshua Boyle, 34, is facing a total of 15 charges including assault and unlawful confinement, according to Canadian media.

Pakistani soldiers rescued Mr. Boyle, his United States wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their children in October.

The couple were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 and had three children while in captivity, the BBC reports.

Canadian media said the offences were alleged to have happened since Mr. Boyle’s return to Ottawa.

He faces eight assault charges, two sexual assault charges, two unlawful confinement charges, one count of misleading police, uttering death threats and causing someone to take a noxious substance.

“Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent,” his lawyer Eric Granger told the BBC.

“He’s never been in trouble before. No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage. We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges.”

There is a publication ban on any information that would identify any alleged victim or witness.

Canadian reports said the alleged offences took place between October 14 and December 30 last year.

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