Lawyer for U.S. man jailed in Venezuela has not seen him in weeks

Joshua Holt, a 24-year-old American jailed in Venezuela for six months now, has not been allowed to conference with his defense since Dec. 4, attorney Jeannette Prieto said.


“They don’t let me in, the last three times I've been in the Sebin they didn’t let me in. They keep me at the door for about 5 minutes and then they ask me to leave,” she claimed.


Holt is being held at El Helicoide, one of the Intelligence agency buildings in Caracas, along with a dozen political prisoners. He has had four hearings postponed so far because the judge failed to appear. The fifth attempt has been scheduled for Jan. 5.


The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has repeatedly raised concerns about Holt’s health as a result of his incarceration, the conditions of his detention and the treatment he is receiving from Venezuelan authorities. Holt’s mother affirmed that her son is suffering from “pneumonia, bronchitis and a blood infection.”


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