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United Arab Emirates to release Minnesota man for jailed video

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WOODBURY, Minn. -- A former Woodbury man who was jailed overseas for posting a comedic YouTube video will be released this week, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Shezanne “Shez” Cassim’s parody, “Ultimate Combat System: Deadly Satwa Gs,” landed him in a maximum security prison in Dubai for allegedly violating United Arab Emirates cyber-crimes laws and threatening national security.

Cassim, 29, was arrested in April and sentenced in December to one year in prison.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the eight months he already served would be credited, but on Tuesday, Minnesota senators said he’s getting ready to be deported to the United States.

U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar said they’re pleased the case has been resolved.

The Cassim family sought help from both senators to speed up legal proceedings in the UAE and urge for Cassim’s release.

Cassim is a University of Minnesota alumnus who was working as a business consultant in the aviation division of PricewaterhouseCooper at the time of his arrest.

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