Utah man in Venezuelan jail says prison 'has fallen' by people wanting to kill him
17 May, 2018, 17:29
There was no official information on the incident, but in videos posted on social media men identifying themselves as prisoners said they had taken over the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, known as the Helicoide, where hundreds of people are held.
"They're trying to break in".
The 26-year-old travelled to the South American country in 2016 to marry a fellow Mormon he met online, but the couple were arrested shortly afterwards when police claimed to have found him stockpiling armaments, including an assault rifle and grenades.
The U.S. embassy in Caracassaid it was "very worried" about the situation at the Helicoide: "Joshua Holt and other U.S. citizens are in danger".
Trujillo declined to discuss how Holt was posting videos on his Facebook page, saying Holt's safety was in jeopardy and he didn't want to release any information that may harm him. Josh and his family have suffered far too long.
One said that tear gas and weapons had been fired at detainees, but they were holding out to demand freedom.
Inmates held at EL Helicoide, the headquarters of Venezuela's secret service, say they took over part of its cell blocks. 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.
A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela is pleading for People' assist getting out of a Caracas jail the place he has been held for 2 years with out trial.
The Holt family released a statement through Trujillo, saying they were both "deeply troubled and concerned" about the riots. They say they are doing things but I am still here.
In three short clips, a visibly distraught Holt makes a plea for help from his fellow Americans, and suggests that his patience is running out with the United States government after close to two years behind bars. And now my life is threatened. "The Venezuelan government is directly responsible for the security, and we will make it responsible if something happens to them". How long do my kids have to go on asking for their mummy and daddy. They won't give me a true trial.
"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". The only people who are kidnapping me is the government of Venezuela. I have NEVER done anything wrong in my life.
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