Venezue­lan urges re­lease of Utah man

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

AP/MATT DUNHAM

A woman sits Satur­day on a penny-far­thing bi­cy­cle in a spec­ta­tor area of the Chap Olympiad Games in Lon­don. The Chap Olympiad re­wards panache rather than sport­ing prow­ess. Its events pur­posely re­quire a min­i­mum amount of phys­i­cal ex­er­tion.

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