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Shez Cassim Released from UAE Prison After Serving 9 Months Over a Comedy Video

This morning, CNN reported that Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, the American citizen who was jailed in the United Arab Emirates after making and posting an amateur comedy video online, has finally been released from prison and is heading home to the States. According to the report, Shez left Dubai early this morning after nine months in jail over a silly and relatively harmless video. Back in December, Funny Or Die made a big push to help free Shez and enlisted comedy stars like Will Ferrell, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, and Tony Hale to rouse support for his return to the US, where he can now make and [...]

A US Citizen Is Being Imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates Over a Comedy Video

Funny Or Die is working to raise awareness for Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, an American citizen who was living in the United Arab Emirates when he was imprisoned for making an amateur comedy video and posting it online. He's been held over seven months for a UAE "cyber crimes law" over a video that sounds pretty harmless. You can pressure the UAE government to free Shez Cassim by signing the petition or by tweeting about ti with the hastag #freeshez.

Check out the full story at CNN and a bit of the video below: