American Detained in UAE For Parody Video to Go Free

An American jailed in the United Arab Emirates for posting a controversial YouTube video will be released, the State Department said on Tuesday. Shezanne Cassim's case sparked an Internet campaign that called for his release. A court ruled on Dec. 23 that his video threatened national security and sentenced him to jail with a $2,700 fine. Cassim was detained in April after he posted a video entitled "Satwa Combat School," which is a parody about rich Dubai teenagers trying to adopt tough-guy personas. He was held for five months without being charged and transferred to a prison in the middle of the desert, according to a family spokesperson.

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