Utah man jailed in a Venezuela for two years to be released


"I'm pleased to announce that after two years of hard work, we've secured the release of Josh and [his wife] Thamy Holt, who are now on their way home to the United States from Venezuela", Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted Saturday. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who said Holt soon would be reunited with "his sweet, long-suffering family" in Riverton, Utah.

They were expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday evening and join Holt's family at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter. Hatch issued a statement on Twitter saying Holt's release followed two years of lobbying and that Holt's wife Thamy would be accompanying him home.

"It was a very good meeting, it is good news for the Venezuelan people", Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez told reporters, though he did not provide an account of the meeting.

The details of what led to Holt's release were not immediately clear.

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The U.S. has stepped up sanctions against Venezuela recently in an effort to put pressure on Maduro's government.

This come after Tennessee Senator Bob Corker traveled to Venezuela, less than a week after Nicolas Maduro won re-election in a race which was widely denounced.

Venezuelan officials, using evidence Holt called invented, accused him of being a US agent masterminding a plan to destabilize Venezuela by amassing explosives and guns.

Holt was thrown into Venezuela's notorious Helicoide prison, a compound filled with political prisoners who claim to have been subjected to torture and held without fair trials.

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Last week, Holt posted video to Facebook in which he said he feared for his life in jail in Caracas and said: "I've been begging my government for two years".

Joshua Holt, 26, from Utah has been held in a Venezuelan prison on allegations of spying for the USA, according to reports. On Tuesday, Venezuela ejected the top USA diplomat in the country. The U.S. contended Holt was held on trumped up charges. Love tweeted. "I spoke with the President today, who shared this great news with me".

He blames a U.S.

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