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Shezanne Cassim’s sister Shalali speaks Tuesday, Dec. 10, at an event at the University of Minnesota law school, calling attention to his detention at a United Arab Emirates maximum security prison. (Riham Feshir/Forum News Service)

Supporters rally for Minnesota native held in United Arab Emirates

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WOODBURY, Minn. -- U.S. officials and human rights advocates are calling on the United Arab Emirates government to release a Woodbury High School graduate who’s been held in maximum security prison for eight months for posting a mockumentary YouTube video.

Shezanne “Shez” Cassim’s “Deadly Satwa Gs” video landed him in the Abu Dhabi prison for allegedly violating United Arab Emirates’ cyber-crimes law and threatening the UAE’s national security.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota. Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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