American, Wife Freed From Venezuelan Prison

29 May, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Carlos George
  • In this image provided by the Holt family Joshua Holt his wife Thamara and her daughter Marian board a plane at the airport in Caracas Venezuela Saturday

An American and his wife held almost two years in a Venezuelan jail arrived home in the United States Saturday, May 26, after their release in what Venezuela's leftist government said was a gesture aimed at fostering dialogue with Washington to avert U.S. "aggressions".

Mr. Hatch also thanked Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a Republican and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who met with Mr.

The family of Joshua Holt, who was recently released from a prison in Venezuela, father Jason Holt, left; sister, Marian Leal; mother, Laurie Holt, and his wife, Thamara Holt, right, sit on a couch in the Oval Office of the White House, May 26, 2018, in Washington.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said it was a two-year effort to secure their release.

The president met with Josh Holt Saturday at the White House, just moments after he touched down on USA soil with his wife.

Holt told Trump: "I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude", adding his imprisonment on weapons charges had been very hard and "not really the great vacation I was looking for".

Both Holt and US officials have denied all charges. That a United States Senator of his prominence dares to affirm that such a regime "is willing to work with the U.S.to improve relations between the countries" is simply flabbergasting.

The Utah senator added: "I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his sweet, long-suffering family in Riverton".

That prompted the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to express concern that Holt and other Americans in the prison might be in danger. He said in a statement that, at Sen. President Trump has previously dangled the threat of military force against Venezuela.

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Mr. Holt said that he was "overwhelmed with gratitude".

"Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela", Trump tweeted.

In a harrowing recent Facebook post, Holt pleaded for help and for his life, from a Caracas jail.

Shortly after McCarry's visit, Lacava traveled to Washington in March to speak with several lawmakers including Hatch, Corker, Sen.

"I'm publishing this video saying everyone is fine here, I'm doing okay. I need your help to get me out of this place", Holt said in the video.

Holt's release comes more than a week after he posted videos to Facebook during a prison riot, pleading for help from Americans and the U.S. government.

President Donald Trump found out Friday that Holt would be released, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The US also refuses to recognise Maduro's re-election as president in a vote last week that was largely boycotted by the opposition.

Venezuelan authorities arrested Holt in June 2016 while he was in Venezuela for his wedding, and he has been held without trial at the Helicoide, the headquarters of the intelligence agency Sebin, where inmates revolted earlier this month.

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