Trump says detained American released in Venezuela

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 27, 2018

Utah man Joshua Holt and his wife Thamy have been in a Venezuelan prison since 2016 after being arrested for firearm offences.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has advocated for Holt's release, said he's "honored" to be able to finally reunite the Utah native with his family.

A source familiar with the issue who asked to remain anonymous said there was no quid pro quo or agreement to ease USA sanctions tied to Holt's release, and that Trump was not involved in the final negotiations.

Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News will continue to update this story as more updates are released. "The great people of Utah are Celebrating!" tweeted Mr. Trump.

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.

In their statement, the Holt family said, "We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish".

Joshua Holt, 26, from Utah has been held in a Venezuelan prison on allegations of spying for the US, according to reports.

Mr. Corker, the Tennessee Republican who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, secretly met Friday with Mr.

Instead, the couple was arrested that June 30 at her family's apartment in a government housing complex on the outskirts of Caracas.

The 26-year-old Holt had gone to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry a woman he met online while he was looking for Spanish-speaking Mormons to help him improve his Spanish. Hatch and Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, also lobbied on behalf of Holt and decried his poor treatment in prison.

Venezuela's communications minister, Jorge Rodriguez, said their release was a goodwill gesture that followed months of dialogue between the Maduro government and USA lawmakers.

The Maduro government has not commented on the reasons for the release.

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