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Prison where Josh Holt is being held captive reportedly under attack

Prison where Josh Holt is being held captive reportedly under attack

In a midafternoon Facebook post, Joshua Holt, a USA citizen and missionary whose family has said he was framed on weapons charges while in Venezuela for his wedding, said, "Helicoide the prison where I am at has fallen the guards are here and people are trying to break in my room and kill me. They are saying that they want me as their guarantee". We need the people to help us.' He was flanked by three other men. Please, my fellow Americans, don't allow me to continue suffering in Venezuela. "I am a political prisoner and they won't let me free". I have NEVER done anything wrong in my life. "Please help me!" he pleaded in the post. He and his wife, Thamara CaleƱo, were arrested on weapons charges that his legal team says were fabricated. The former missionary and his wife, who are both committed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met online.

Venezuelan authorities have claimed Holt was keeping guns in the home of the woman he went to the country to marry in 2016. He married Caleno five days after he arrived in the country on June 16, 2016. In March, rioting and a fire inside of cells at a Venezuelan police station left 68 people dead.

Holt's family insists the couple was wrongly accused, and the US State Department has called for Holt's release. "Keep in mind, the rule of law DOES NOT exist in Venezuela".

Venezuelan outlet RunRunes reported that "the Justice and Peace Commission of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) showed up at 11 p.m. on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) to verify the status of the detainees in The Helicoide at the request of the relatives of the prisoners who were protesting from early hours of the day, until late hours of the morning of this Thursday, May 17". "We're very anxious about the riot in El Helicoide".

"Joshua Holt and other US citizens are in danger", he added. His family has denied the accusations, and believe the Venezuelan government is holding Holt and his wife to bargain with the USA, which has imposed economic sanctions on the country.

Matt Whitlock, a spokesman for Sen. In a video, Holt appears with some of the protestors, urging their release on the basis they haven't had a trial and need medical attention for unspecified health issues.

Utah Rep. Mia Love (R) said Wednesday that she has spoken with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and her office confirmed that the prison where Holt is being held was threatened by riots and violence but that he is safe.

"It is time for the State Department to quickly produce a plan of action in order to resolve this situation once and for all. Josh and his family have suffered far too long", Love said in a statement to the Tribune. "We ask the community to join in with prayers on their behalf, as well".

His mother Laurie Holt told Reuters that she did not know the sequence of the videos and was unable to confirm Holt's current situation. Embattled head of state Nicolas Maduro, running for a second six-year period, is expected to win, having the banned the Opposition party and candidates and running against hand-picked candidates, amidst repression, vast censorship and widespread vote-buying, with the government conditioning sales of subsidized food and the adjudication of several bonuses to pro-Maduro votes on Sunday. It has been way to long.

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