Joshua Holt, American Held In Venezuela, Is Welcomed Home

Trump says detained American released in Venezuela

Trump says American prisoner in Venezuela has been released

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

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said in a statement that Holt's release followed two years of intense lobbying, working with two presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts around the world, and Maduro himself.

Eva Golinger, a New York-based immigration lawyer once dubbed the "sweetheart" of Venezuela's socialist revolution by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said on Twitter that Maduro freed Holt as a gesture to gain legitimacy and win the lifting of USA sanctions.

Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News will continue to update this story as more updates are released.

An official with the National Security Council stressed that nothing had been offered to secure Holt's release and that there had been no change to US policy to Venezuela.

Matt Whitlock, a spokesman for Hatch, said the Utah Republican called Maduro last week after hearing of riots by inmates at the intelligence agency headquarters where Holt was held.

Speculation swirled that the government was demanding an all-but-impossible prisoner exchange for Flores' two nephews, who in 2016 were convicted in NY of drug trafficking, after it was learned that a government-connected Venezuelan tycoon was paying Holt's legal fees as well as those of the men branded the "narco-nephews".

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 United States government.

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

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A Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges almost two years ago was released Saturday after USA officials and his family pressed for his freedom from the South American country.

"I'm publishing this video saying everyone is fine here, I'm doing okay".

The United States accuses Maduro's government of stifling democracy, repressing the opposition and massive corruption.

The couple are now scheduled to meet their family at the White House on Saturday evening.

"I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his sweet, long-suffering family in Riverton", Mr. Hatch said in the statement.

Holt's release comes a day after Sen.

"We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle", Mr. Holt's family said in a statement. US Rep. Mia Love, a Utah Republican, tweeted, "After almost 2 years, Josh Holt is finally coming home!"

"Josh & Thamy Holt had nothing to do with internal politics in #Venezuela", Rubio tweeted.

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