A Canadian man held hostage for 5 years in Afghanistan has gone on trial accused of sexual assault, illegal confinement and different offences.
Joshua Boyle, 35, has pleaded not responsible to all 19 prices towards him.
A court-ordered publication ban was lifted on Monday to disclose that one of many alleged victims is his estranged spouse, Caitlan Coleman.
Pakistani troopers rescued Mr Boyle, Ms Coleman, and their three youngsters in October 2017.
Mr Boyle appeared within the Ontario courtroom on Monday accompanied by his father.
Ms Coleman, who’s American, didn’t attend the listening to however is because of start giving testimony on Wednesday, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported.
The fees Mr Boyle faces embody assault, sexual assault, illegal confinement, uttering demise threats and felony harassment.
The story behind the couple’s kidnapping
Police say all of the alleged offences occurred after Mr Boyle and his household returned to Canada in 2017.
The identification of the second alleged sufferer stays topic to a publication ban.
Mr Boyle and Ms Coleman have been kidnapped whereas backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani community.
She gave delivery to their youngsters whereas in captivity. After their launch, Mr Boyle mentioned their captors had killed a fourth baby.
Their rescue made headlines world wide and on their return to Canada the household was invited to satisfy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
However lower than three months later Mr Boyle was arrested and charged. He has been beneath home arrest since June 2018.