American Jailed For Video Mocking Dubai Teenagers

Four other men are in jail, too.

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An American and four other men were sentenced to time in a United Arab Emirates prison Monday for breaking a cyber-crime law after they made a parody YouTube video mocking Dubai teachers.

Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old from Minnesota, has been behind bars since April and was sentenced to a year in prison plus a fine of approximately $2,725 for his 19-minute video called “Satwa Comedy School.” He has lived in the UAE since 2006 and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Two Indian men faced similar sentences, while two Emirati brothers will face eight months in jail and a lesser fine.

The video mocked Dubai teenagers who act like “gangsters” in spite of being very mild mannered.

You can see clips of the video below:

8 comments
DubaiSeabee
DubaiSeabee

A point of accuracy - Satwa is a run down old area of Dubai, now largely populated by Filipino workers. It's far from being a wealthy area.

kon-tiki
kon-tiki

and we are going to have WORLD CUP SOCCER here in 2020. FIFA think twice, thrice, 'N' freaking times....

SatwaSteve
SatwaSteve

So.... would I be jailed if I commented that anchor woman has nice t.it.s?

RyanW
RyanW

Remind me again why we're going to have a World Cup in this regressive country?

a.sidrak
a.sidrak

Ryan, Dubai is a city (not a regressive country). And they are not hosting the World Cup, Qatar is - a completely different country.

You clearly know nothing about the region. Read and educate yourself

kon-tiki
kon-tiki

@a.sidrak it is not Only UAE or Dubai - The whole region is dysfunctional. 

RyanW
RyanW

@a.sidrak And I also don't think that they should be having it in Qatar...for similar reasons.