Trudeau defends meeting former Taliban hostage who is facing multiple charges of assault
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to justify his controversial meeting with Joshua Boyle who spent five years in captivity in Afghanistan with his American-born wife.
Boyle, who met with Trudeau on December 19, was arrested and charged with fifteen criminal charges over alleged incidents that occurred between October 14 and December 30. He remains in police custody and is scheduled back in court on January 15.
Boyle is charged with two counts of sexual assault, eight counts of assault, two counts of unlawful confinement, one count of misleading police, one count of uttering a death threat and one count of forcing an individual to ingest a noxious substance. The identity of the victim or victims is protected by a publication ban.
“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.
However, according to former chief of Ottawa police Vern White, the Prime Minister’s Office should have known about police investigations into Joshua Boyle before agreeing to meet with him.
In 2012, Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who was pregnant at that time, went missing in Wardak province in Afghanistan, abducted by the Taliban-linked Haqqani terrorist network after backpacking in Central Asia for several months. Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan’s most experienced and sophisticated insurgent organizations, is responsible for assaults on hotels in Kabul popular with foreigners, a bloody bombing of the Indian embassy, a 2011 attack on the US embassy and several big truck bombing attempts.
During their time in captivity, Caitlan has given birth to three children and claims to have been raped and forced to have an abortion.
Boyle and his family were rescued by Pakistani forces on October 11 and arrived in Canada on December 13.
In 2014, Global News reported that Boyle had a history of fascination with terrorism, Canadian counterterrorism and security. He was also briefly married to Zaynab Khadr, the Islamist sister of convicted al Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr who spent 10 years years in Guantanamo for killing a US medic in Afghanisan. Last summer, Khadr received an official apology and $10.5 million compensation from the Trudeau government.
Zaynab and Omar’s father, Ahmed Khadr, was al-Qaida financier who, according to a testimony of one RCMP officer, used his Canadian family to “create his own terrorist cell”.
Trudeau raised eyebrows when he met with the Boyle family in what appears to be the Prime Minister’s Parliament Hill office in Centre Block. According to Boyle, it was not the first time the two met. “Today was a wonderful experience for my family, and Ma’idah Grace Makepeace seemed truly enamoured. Incidentally, not our first meeting with @JustinTrudeau, that was ’06 in Toronto over other common interests, haha.”, Boyle tweeted on December 19.
Boyle did not specify which “common interests” he and Trudeau had 12 years ago.
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