December 27th, 2013
09:52 AM ET

Sen. Klobuchar on American Imprisoned for Video: 'Goal is to Get This Young Man Home'

Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was recently sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).

The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D) Minnesota,  confirmed another man, a UAE national, has now been released.

Speaking with Kate Bolduan on Friday, Sen. Klobuchar said the other man's release can been seen as a positive step because it may improve Cassim's chances of being released by being deported or getting credit for his time already served.

The senator went on to speak about the UAE and said for a country that "prides itself on being more open to the west" they should consider the implications of keeping an American jailed for posting a comedy video.

"They have a major NYU campus there – many American universities, they've got Google and Facebook offices, they're having the Rolling Stones come in February. I figure if Mick Jagger could play 'Abu Dhabi' this guy shouldn't be in jail for putting a video up."

She later added: "It is my goal to get this young man home."

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  1. Lungile langq

    I think the guy ws just having fun he ddnt know that other ppl would take in other way!

    December 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply

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