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Dubai: Tyranny has no sense of humour

November 28, 2013

AN AMERICAN man who works in the United Arab Emirates has been held in a maximum-security prison for months after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai, a rights group and family attorney said.

Shezanne Cassim, 29, of Woodbury, Minnesota, was arrested in April and charged with violating a 2012 cybercrimes law that boosts penalties for allegedly challenging authorities, attorney Susan Burns said. He was moved to a maximum-security prison in Abu Dhabi in June.

He’s been accused of endangering national security, and is the first foreigner arrested under tougher measures governing internet use in the United Arab Emirates, according to the London-based Emirates Center for Human Rights.

Dubai — a small contender, but right up there with the Maldives for lunacy and intolerance.


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