Venezuelan prosecutor requests conditional release for Josh Holt, wife

Petition was filed Friday

CARACAS, Venezuela (ABC4 Utah) – A Venezuelan prosecutor has requested the conditional release of a Utah man and his wife detained for more than a year.
Josh Holt’s family says he and his wife Thamara Candela have been wrongfully imprisoned since June of 2016.
According to the Holt's attorney Carlos Trujillo, the prosecutor filed a petition to have Josh and his wife released from prison, but preventing them from leaving Venezuela while they await a trial.

"We are happy and hopeful to hear that the Attorney General's Office have requested conditional release.  We will await until such release takes place before giving a more detailed statement," said the Holt family in a statement to ABC4 Utah. 
This request was filed Friday because what the prosecutors' office says is “undue delays in his prosecution.”
Senator Orrin Hatch who has supported efforts for Holt’s release would not comment on the latest developments, but his office did say it had been in contact with the U.S. State Department and the Holt Family on Friday evening. 
“We ask that you keep Josh and Thamy in your prayers as we hope to see movement towards their release,” said Matt Whitlock, spokesperson for Sen. Hatch. 
Holt was arrested in June 2016 and accused of illegal possession of weapons. His family has always maintained his innocence. 


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