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Minn. man home after being imprisoned 9 months in Dubai for joke video

Shezanne Cassim returned to Minnesota after months in a high security jail in Dubai for creating a video parody.
Shezanne Cassim returned to Minnesota after months in a high security jail in Dubai for creating a video parody.Jim Mone /Associated Press

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MINNEAPOLIS — An American man returned to Minnesota on Thursday after spending nine months in prison in the United Arab Emirates for his role in making and posting online a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.

Shezanne Cassim, 29, of Woodbury, Minn., told reporters he did nothing wrong and there was nothing illegal about the video.

‘‘I was tried in a textbook kangaroo court, and I was convicted without any evidence,’’ Cassim said after an airplane carrying him home arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He said his ordeal shows the UAE is ‘‘scared of democracy.’’

Cassim was arrested in April and had been held at a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi since June.

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