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American Citizen in United Arab Emirates Sentenced to a Year in Prison over Parody Video

An American citizen in the United Arab Emirates has been sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of roughly $2700 all for a parody video posted to YouTube about Dubai teens. Shezanne Cassim has been held in the UAE since April, and his family didn’t even find out he was jailed until five months later.

His family says he’s being charged with “endangering national security,” and this week Cassim was officially sentenced to a year in prison.

His case caught the world’s attention, with a global #FreeShez movement that garnered incredibly public support from Will Ferrell‘s comedy site Funny or Die.

The parody video depicts a combat school of sorts for gangsters, where they learn how to defend themselves using sandals, whips, and hashtags on Twitter.

If you want to know exactly what landed Cassim in prison, watch the video in question below:

[photo via screengrab]

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