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Tuesday 20th March 2018

American Man Jailed in Venezuela Returns to US

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7Dnews London - AP

Mon, 28 May 2018 13:28 GMT

Joshua Holt, who travelled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, has been set free by the anti-American Maduro government.

As reported by AP, Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived on Saturday evening, May 26th, at Washington Dulles International Airport for a tearful reunion with his parents, Laurie and Jason Holt. A few hours later President Donald Trump welcomed them to the White House.

Trump commented, "You have gone through a lot. More than most people could endure."

Holt's mother thanked Trump and the lawmakers for her son's safe return, adding, "I also want to say thank you to President Maduro for releasing Josh and letting him come home."

In a tweet Trump described Holt as a "hostage".

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