Utah man jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom in video

Josh Holt appears in a Facebook video dated

"They say they're doing things but I'm still here", he said. I have NEVER done anything wrong in my life.

In two 20-second videos shot on a cellphone, a visibly distraught Joshua Holt suggested that his patience is running out with the US government, which has made his release a top priority in its dealings with Venezuela's socialist government. A Twitter page in Ceballos's name published a new video of Holt on Thursday morning in which the once again addresses the US government, lawmakers and his family. They are outside. They are trying to break in.

"This has never been like this ever, until now". But she said she wasn't certain he would remain safe.

Former LDS Missionary Josh Holt, imprisoned in a Venezuelan prison since 2016, took to social media Wednesday to beg for help as prisoners took over parts of his facility. Holt denies the charges.

In a statement on Facebook earlier this month, Holt's mother, Laurie Moon Holt, shared how hard the imprisonment of her son and his wife is for her family. Her son's trial was scheduled to start Tuesday but he wasn't brought to court for the hearing, she said.

In one video, Daniel Ceballos, a former opposition mayor, is seen trying to jimmy open the padlock on a cell using a dumbbell and iron rod.

In another message on his page, Holt said the Venezuelan government is keeping him as a political pawn.

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

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US diplomat Todd Robinson told news media there that he will continue pressing for Holt's freedom but did not know what sparked the riot. "I need your help to get me out of this place", Holt said in a video posted to the "Justice For Josh" Facebook group.

In addition to protests across the country, families of the inmates at El Helicoide have also gathered outside the prison hoping for news of their well-being. "He's the U.S.'s spy chief in Latin America and he's jailed here in Venezuela", Cabello said on his weekly TV program.

Relatives of political prisoners held in one of Venezuela's most notorious prisons say the inmates have staged an uprising.

The US embassy released a photo of Todd Robinson, the top American diplomat in Venezuela, leaving the foreign ministry and saying he had received no information from the Government about the "riot".

Josh Holt, 26, made multiple post on his Facebook, including two videos, claiming that the prison "has fallen" to unidentified people that are trying to kill him. Marco Rubio talks about him, he won't be released. They're saying they want to kill me. "They won't give me a true trial", the message states.

A statement from Holt's family released through his lawyer also said: "We ask that our government and representatives act immediately to achieve their (Holt and his wife) safety". How long do I have to suffer here?

Rep. Mia Love said Wednesday afternoon in a statement that her office had confirmed the prison "threatened by riots and violence", but that Holt was "safe at this time".

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