Joshua Boyle has been charged with a long list of criminal offences in an Ottawa court.
Boyle, 34, the Canadian man who was held in captivity by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan for five years with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, is facing 15 charges in total.
According to a court document, as reported by the Toronto Star on Tuesday, the substantial list includes eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two unlawful confinement charges, one count of uttering death threats, one count of causing someone to take a noxious substance, and one charge of misleading police.
In an email to the BBC, Boyle’s lawyer, Eric Granger, said:
“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.”
The alleged offences all reportedly took place in Ottawa between October 14 and December 30, 2017.
Boyle, his wife and their three children — all of whom were born in Afghanistan in captivity — were rescued in a raid by Pakistani soldiers and returned to Canada on October 13.
Boyle and his wife, who was reportedly pregnant at the time, were kidnapped during a "backpacking" trip to Afghanistan in 2012.
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed to CTV News that a meeting had taken place, stating:
“The Prime Minister did meet with the Boyles [and] we are relieved that their terrible ordeal is over and they are back home safely.”
“It was a private meeting and we will not say more due to privacy considerations and out of respect for the family.”
Photographs of the meeting were posted to a Twitter account named "The Boyle Family."