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Canada PM defends meeting with Joshua Boyle

00:08  10 january  2018
00:08  10 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Joshua Boyle, Canadian hostage in Afghanistan, arrested and faces list of charges in Ottawa

  Joshua Boyle, Canadian hostage in Afghanistan, arrested and faces list of charges in Ottawa OTTAWA—Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was held hostage with his American wife and children for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been arrested and charged with assault, unlawful confinement and other offences that are alleged to have occurred in the weeks since his dramatic rescue from captivity in October.Boyle, 34, appeared in Ottawa court on New Year’s Day and remains in police custody.There is a court order that prevents publication of information that would identify any of the alleged victims.Boyle faces 15 charges, according to a court document outlining the allegations.

Trudeau is defending his decision to meet with Joshua Boyle , the former hostage now facing 15 criminal charges related to incidents that allegedly took place after his rescue from Updated: January 12, 2018 7:34 pm . WATCH: Trudeau defends meeting with Joshua Boyle , refutes 2006 meeting .

A recent meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Joshua Boyle is raising concerns given the criminal charges Boyle now faces. Shortly after their

HALIFAX - Justin Trudeau is suggesting that security officials raised no red flags when his office arranged last month for him to meet freed hostage Joshua Boyle and his family.

The prime minister says his office follows all the advice it's given by security officials and did exactly that in the case of the Boyle family.

Trudeau met with Boyle, his American wife and their three children in the prime minister's Parliament Hill office on Dec. 18.

On Dec. 30, Ottawa police laid 15 criminal charges against Boyle, including eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement and one count each of misleading police, uttering a death threat and administering a noxious substance.

Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM

  Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM A meeting between the prime minister and former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle’s family in Justin Trudeau’s Parliament Hill office is raising questions about who is selected to meet with Canada’s head of government and why. On New Year's Day, less than two weeks after Boyle, his wife and three children met with Trudeau, Boyle was arrested and charged with more than a dozen criminal offences , including sexual assault, assault, administering a noxious substance, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.

PM Justin Trudeau says he has no memories of meeting with Joshua Boyle in 2006 and that he had assurances from his security that he could meet with him this year.

No red flags raised over meeting with freed hostage Boyle , Trudeau suggests.

The charges are related to incidents alleged to have occurred between Oct. 14 — one day after the Boyle family arrived back in Canada after five years of captivity in Afghanistan— and Dec. 30, 2017.

In the wake of the charges, questions have been raised about how someone alleged to have committed multiple crimes could have been granted a private meeting with Trudeau in the prime minister's inner sanctum.

The Prime Minister's Office has said Boyle requested the meeting. It is not clear if Boyle was under police investigation at that time and Trudeau did not address that issue Tuesday in his first public comments on the meeting.

However, he told a Halifax radio station that the advice of security officials was followed.

"We make sure that we follow all the advice that our security professionals and intelligence agencies give us and that's exactly what we did in this case," Trudeau told News 97.5.

Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM

  Boyle's Parliament Hill meeting raises questions about who meets the PM A meeting between the prime minister and former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle’s family in Justin Trudeau’s Parliament Hill office is raising questions about who is selected to meet with Canada’s head of government and why.On New Year's Day, less than two weeks after Boyle, his wife and three children met with Trudeau, Boyle was arrested and charged with more than a dozen criminal offences , including sexual assault, assault, administering a noxious substance, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.

Joshua Boyle , the ex-husband of Omar Khadr's sister, gained notoriety after The RCMP does not have the resources, the smarts of an effective PM to negotiate or the intel it seems, to Boyle married to his sister was Omar’s spokesperson. Boyle met with Justin years ago regarding ‘shared interests’.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met this week with the Canadian-American family that was held captive in Afghanistan.

Apart from the criminal charges against Boyle, some critics have questioned Trudeau's judgment in meeting with a person whose story has, at times, strained credulity. But Trudeau said he has met with a number of Canadians freed from ordeals overseas and the meeting with the Boyles was no different.

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"We've had a number of successes in bringing people who were stuck in difficult situations overseas home, bringing them to safety. And the engagement that my office has directly with those cases has led me to meet with a number of people who've been released," he said.

"So these kinds of things are something that I do. I always try to defer to meeting with more people rather than fewer people and particularly people for whom we've been working hard over the past years. I think that's something that's important to do."

Boyle has said he and his pregnant wife, Caitlan Coleman, were backpacking in war-ravaged Afghanistan when they were abducted by the jihadist Haqqani network. They were held captive for five years — during which Coleman gave birth to three children — before being rescued by Pakistani commandos.

So much of the Joshua Boyle story just makes no sense

  So much of the Joshua Boyle story just makes no sense I don’t believe Joshua Boyle.Never have.Not the alleged abduction of Boyle and pregnant wife Caitlin Coleman in Afghanistan by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network, not their diverse reasons for venturing into a benighted and extremely dangerous war-ravaged country where the Taliban has been clawing back swaths of territory since NATO and American forces withdrew, not the purportedly wretched circumstances in which they were held captive for five years, and not the inconsistent details of a rescue operation conducted by Pakistan commandos last October.

Canadian prime minister faces questions over his meeting with former hostage, less than two weeks before he was arrested on charges including sexual assault.

Joshua Boyle was recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan. Attorney Eric Granger said Joshua Boyle also faces assault and forcible confinement charges. We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges

Boyle was previously married to Zaynab Khadr, whose father was associated with Osama bin Laden and whose brother, Omar, spent 10 years at the notorious U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay after allegedly killing a U.S. soldier in a firefight in Afghanistan when he was just 15.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian authorities violated Omar Khadr's charter rights when they interrogated the minor at Guantanamo. Khadr subsequently sued the federal government for $20 million but the Trudeau government settled that litigation last year by agreeing to pay Khadr compensation, reportedly amounting to $10.5 million.

Former hostage Joshua Boyle remanded again, returns to court Jan. 26 .
OTTAWA—Joshua Boyle will remain in custody until at least Jan. 26, after he was remanded again Monday during his fourth court appearance since he was arrested two weeks ago. The 34-year-old former hostage in Afghanistan and Pakistan faces 15 charges that include eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement and one count each of uttering death threats, misleading police, and giving someone a noxious substance.

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