Joshua Holt jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom


"That delegation spoke to a representative of the prisoners to respond to their requests", chief prosecutor Tarek Saab tweeted.

The 26-year-old travelled to Venezuela in 2016 to marry a fellow Mormon he met on the internet.

The U.S. Embassy stated in a message on social media that the Venezuelan authorities is straight accountable for Holt's security. He moved in with her in the outskirts of Caracas while they waited for her visa to arrive so they could move to the US with her two daughters, NPR reported past year after speaking to Holt's mother. "They say they're doing things, but I'm still here", Holt said.

Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as president in 2013, is bidding for reelection on Sunday.

Joshua Holt, a US citizen and Mormon missionary, posted on his Facebook page around 3:00 pm EST, "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". "I am not a political pawn I am a human being a child of God and I just want to live happy with my wife and children". He said tear gas and weapons had been fired at detainees but they were holding out to demand freedom.

Extra troops from the National Guard and Police are taking positions and maneuvering tactical vehicles outside the “El Helicoide” prison for political cases in Western Caracas Wednesday, as a riot is reportedly taking place inside.

"They're trying to break in". The only people who are kidnapping me is the government of Venezuela. He appeared with a bruised face in pictures on social media.

Cabello also broke a longstanding silence from Venezuelan officials' about Holt's imprisonment to accuse the American of being a spy. Her son's trial was scheduled to start Tuesday but he wasn't brought to court for the hearing, she said.

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Tensions between the US and Venezuela have risen as President Donald Trump's administration considers oil sanctions on the country ahead of Venezuela's presidential election Sunday.

The disturbance, the extent of which was not immediately known, has come days before a presidential election which has Venezuelans on edge.

Diosdado Cabello, leader of the Venezuelan Socialist Party, has accused Holt of being a United States agent and the country's top spy in Latin America, but he has not yet been put on trial.

Relatives of political prisoners held in one of Venezuela's most notorious prisons say the inmates have staged an uprising. But he left shortly after nightfall with no answers, saying he was unable to meet with the foreign minister and other officials, including Maduro, either didn't take the embassy's calls or claimed not to have any knowledge about the case.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the US Embassy in Venezuela said: "We are anxious about the riot in the Helicoide".

"Joshua Holt and other U.S. citizens are in danger".

Todd Robinson, the chargé d'affaires at the USA embassy, went to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry for information, the embassy added but there was, 'no response from the government'.

"We renew our call for the Government to release Joshua Holt on humanitarian grounds".