Venezuelan urges release of Utah man
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Friday requested the conditional release of a Utah man and his wife who have been detained for more than a year on weapons charges.
The petition to free Joshua Holt and his wife, Thamara Candelo, but bar them from leaving Venezuela while awaiting trial was made because of what the prosecutor’s office said were repeated delays by the court overseeing the case.
Prosecutors also requested that they be allowed to verify the couple’s health in the Caracas facility where they are being held alongside some of President Nicolas Maduro’s fiercest opponents.
Holt, 25, traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 and married Candelo, a Venezuelan woman he met online. Holt had planned to spend several months in Caracas with her and her two daughters to secure their visas so they could move with him to the U.S. Instead, the couple were arrested at a government housing complex on the outskirts of Caracas, accused of hiding an assault rifle and grenades at the apartment where they were living with Candelo’s family.
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