Venezuela Launches Commission to Investigate Prison Riot

Venezuela Launches Commission to Investigate Prison Riot

Venezuela's chief prosecutor said his office was on site, but did not provide details.

Mr Ceballos, the former opposition mayor of the western city of San Cristóbal, said the inmates had taken control of parts of the jail. I am a political prisoner and they won't let me free.

Utah Rep. Mia Love later posted a statement saying the Holt was confirmed safe for the time being.

In one video he said: 'I need help.

Inmates held at EL Helicoide, the headquarters of Venezuela's secret service, say they took over part of its cell blocks.

But people with close links to the political prisoners held there said the uprising had started after Gregory Sanabria was beaten up, allegedly by a non-political prisoner. They are saying that they want to kill me.

Venezuelan news media reported that political prisoners there are demanding an end to what they called torture and mistreatment of detainees, saying some inmates are minors and others are being held even though they have not been prosecuted.

The second clip continues: 'I'm calling on the people of America.

"I've been begging my Government for two years. They say that they are doing things, but I'm still here and now my life is threatened". How long do my kids have to go asking for their mommy and daddy. How long do I have to suffer?'

In a video seen on Twitter late on Wednesday Holt said, "I'm here to show you that I am not being kidnapped. We need help from the people of Venezuela and also the people of the United States".

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During his time at Hillcrest, he also played on the Hillcrest High basketball team. "I never had any problems out of him". He was arrested and charged with felony tampering with government documents for filing false enrollment records.

His mother Laurie Holt told Reuters that she did not know the sequence of the videos and was unable to confirm Holt's current situation.

Holt, 26, has been locked in the prison since June 2016, when he and his wife, Thamara "Thamy" Caleno, were arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing weapons.

Joshua Holt, a U.S. citizen held at the jail for two years pending trial, pleaded for help in a video message sent as the uprising was apparently going on.

Venezuela's Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

"In the face of the events that happened today in the Sebin headquarters at the Helicoide, we sent a commission of the prosecutor's office to the facility". That delegation spoke to a representative of the prisoners to respond to their requests.

Relatives of inmates react angrily outside the detention centre where a riot occurred.

Rights groups and Maduro opponents have said several hundred political prisoners have been unfairly jailed.

"We are concerned about the riot at El Helicoide", Mr Robinson said in a statement, referring to the helix-shaped building where Maduro's top opponents are being held.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the US Embassy in Venezuela said: "We are anxious about the riot in the Helicoide".

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