Tuesday, December 24, 2013
(Woodbury, MN) -- Shez Cassim will spend a year in prison in the United Arab Emirates for a video he and several friends made poking fun at teenagers in the Middle Eastern nation. The 29-year-old University of Minnesota and Woodbury High School graduate has been behind bars since April and was sentenced yesterday. Cassim was accused under the UAE's federal cybercrimes law of besmirching the image of that nation's society with his parody video. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar called it a "shockingly long sentence," and added "we need to get this kid home."