Utah native Joshua Holt’s anguish ended when he was freed last month from a Venezuelan prison after nearly two years held without trial. But the nightmarish scenario he endured still haunts him.
In an exclusive interview Tuesday on “Today,” Holt, 26, recounted the poor conditions inside El Helicoide, or The Helix — a prison in Caracas criticized for its human rights abuses. He said cockroaches crawled over him inside his tiny cell, which was about the size of a twin-sized bed, and a plastic bag was used to cover the door. He sat in his underwear, barely about to breathe.”They never took me out to go to the bathroom,” Holt added. “If you had to use the bathroom, you either had a bottle or a newspaper.”