The fight to free an American being held in a United Arab Emirates prison is intensifying, Sara Sidner reports.
The UAE, for the first time, is acknowledging the imprisonment of Shezanne Cassim, and the 29-year-old is now getting some help from Washington and from some big names in Hollywood.
The comedy website "Funny or Die" released a video urging the UAE to "Free Shez" for doing something they do all the time – make a video that's supposed to be funny.
Cassim has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
It was meant to be a piece of comedy, a 19-minute video that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
But the situation isn't funny any more.
His next hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 16.