May 26–Bogota, Colombia
Josh Holt, a Utah man who has been detained in Venezuela for almost two years awaiting trial on weapons charges, has been released, President Donald Trump announced in a Tweet early Saturday.
Trump said Holt, 26, would be in Washington, D.C.., Saturday evening at about 7 p.m.
“The great people of Utah will be very happy,” Trump wrote.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
The announcement came as a the Venezuelan government had appeared to be doubling down on claims that Holt was a U.S. government agent. Last week, Diosdado Cabello, one of Venezuela’s most powerful politicians, called him the “Latin American head” of the Central Intelligence Agency and a “mercenary.”
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Holt and his family have always maintained his innocence, saying he traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Thamara Caleño, a fellow Mormon whom he met on a religious dating site.
The two were arrested just days after their marriage when the apartment they were sharing with her children was raided. The police said they found a hand grenade and automatic weapons at the home, but eyewitnesses to the arrest told the Miami Herald that the evidence had been planted.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
This article provided by NewsEdge.