Josh Holt, a former American Mormon missionary jailed in Venezuela for nearly two years on gun charges, has been released and is heading back to the U.S., according to a tweet from President Trump. Conway G.
A former American Mormon missionary held in a Venezuelan prison for almost two years is heading home.
According to a Saturday Tweet from President Trump:
“Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M. The great people of Utah will be very happy!”
Josh Holt has been detained since 2016 on weapons charges. This video recently popped up on his Facebook page:
SOUNDBITE: JOSH HOLT, AMERICAN CAPTIVE IN VENEZUELA (ENGLISH) SAYING:
“I’m calling on the people of America. I need your help to get me out of this place. I’ve 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.”
The video caught the eye of U.S. embassy officials in Caracas a week ago, who then pressed the Venezuelan government to grant due process.
Holt went to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online, but was arrested, on a claim he was a trained gunman sent to undermine President Nicolas Maduro.
Holt has maintained his innocence.
The details of his release were not immediately known but Utah Senator Orin Hatch tweeting Holt’s trip home with his Venezuelan wife is the culmination of two years of hard work.