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Minn. Man Home after 9 Months in UAE Prison

Updated: 01/09/2014 3:36 PM
Created: 01/09/2014 10:04 AM WDIO.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An American man is back in Minnesota after being held in prison in the United Arab Emirates for a parody video that was posted online.

Twenty-nine-year-old Shezanne Cassim of Woodbury, Minn., told reporters Thursday that he did nothing wrong and that there was nothing illegal about the video, which satirized youth culture in Dubai.

Cassim says he was "tried in a textbook kangaroo court" and convicted "without any evidence." He says his ordeal shows the UEA is "scared of democracy."

Cassim was in custody in the UAE for nine months in connection with the video. He was arrested in April and had been held at a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi since June.

An airplane carrying Cassim home landed Thursday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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This undated file photo provided by Shervon Cassim shows his brother Shezanne Cassim of Woodbury, Minn. Shezanne was arrested in April and held in the United Arab Emirates for roughly nine months after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai.
AP Photo/Courtesy Shervon Cassim, File

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