A Minnesota man is opening up about spending nine months in a United Arab Emirates prison. Authorities arrested 29-year-old Shez Cassim after posting this video to YouTube. The video was meant to be a joke and poked fun at local youth culture.
An American man who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates for a parody video that was posted online has been released from prison and was due to arrive in Minnesota Thursday, a family spokeswoman said.
An American who’s been held in the United Arab Emirates for roughly nine months is expected to be released. Shezanne Cassim, of Minnesota, was arrested in April after posting a parody video online about youth culture in Dubai. In December, he was sentenced to one year in prison, a fine and deportation.
An American man detained for months in the United Arab Emirates and seven co-defendants were fined and sentenced to up to a year in prison Monday after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai. The video they produced and uploaded to the Internet was a spoof documentary of would-be “gangsta” youth in the Gulf Arab city-state.
The director of the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program is calling for the immediate release of a Minnesota man who has been held for months in the United Arab Emirates. Barbara Frey and other leaders of the Human Rights Center say they are concerned about Shezanne Cassim’s unwarranted and lengthy detention.
An American man who works in the United Arab Emirates has been held in a maximum-security prison for months after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai, a rights group and family attorney said Wednesday.