World Utah man in Venezuelan jail says prison 'has fallen,' taken over by people wanting to kill him

05:35  17 may  2018
05:35  17 may  2018 Source:

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a person posing for the camera: Josh Holt, 26, can be seen in a Facebook video pleading for help from the U.S. government after claiming that the prison © Provided by Fox News Josh Holt, 26, can be seen in a Facebook video pleading for help from the U.S. government after claiming that the prison "has fallen" to people wanting to kill him.

A Utah man who has been jailed in Venezuela since 2016 after authorities accused him and his wife of possessing firearms has made pleas on Facebook claiming that the prison he is incarcerated in has been taken over by people trying to kill him.

Josh Holt, 26, made multiple post on his Facebook, including two videos, claiming that the prison “has fallen” to unidentified people that are trying to kill him.

“I need help. They have taken the entire prison where I am at,” he can be heard saying in the first video. “The people have taken the entire prison. They’re outside, they’re trying to break in. They’re saying they want to kill me. They are saying that they want me as their guarantee.”

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In the second video, Holt continues by “calling on the people of America” to get him out. “I have been begging my government for two years. They say that they are doing things, but I’m still here and now my life is threatened.”

Loud voices outside Holt’s cell can be heard in both videos.


Holt posted again claiming that he is “a political prisoner,” and that he was told by officials that “as long as my government continues attacking this government, and as long as (Republican Florida Sen.) Marco Rubio continues talking about me the longer that they will never let me go.”

Holt was arrested after traveling to Venezuela in the summer of 2016 to marry a woman, a Venezuelan native, who he had met on a dating website. The couple planned to marry in Venezuela, and then return to the United States.

Authorities of Venezuela claim that Holt was working with the U.S. government to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, a plan they say involved him and his wife stockpiling weapons.

The State Department has been working with U.S. officials and Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, to secure Holt’s release.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.

Senator, Trump say Utah man released from Venezuela jail .
A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges. Sen. Orrin Hatch says on Twitter that Joshua Holt has been freed. President Donald Trump tweets that it's "good news," and says Holt is expected to land in Washington, and come to the White House with his family at about 7 p.m.Holt's family says "we are grateful to all who participated in this miracle."His release comes after lobbying by his family and U.S. officials.

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