Over 3 years ago, the U.A.E. government arrested and wrongfully convicted Shez, an American who grew up in Dubai, for creating a comedy video about youth culture near his childhood home.
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Shezanne "Shez" Cassim

is an American whose life changed dramatically on April 7, 2013 when he was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates. 
Shezanne had grown up in Dubai, and he returned there after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2006. 

Shez worked for Emirates Airline for six years and had taken a position as an aviation consultant for international firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers when he was arrested for doing something millions of people do each day—posting an amateur comedy video on YouTube. 

Shez and his friends had posted the comedy video and the accompanying blooper reel in October 2012. The mockumentary-style comedy sketch poked fun at teenagers in Dubai’s Satwa district, near Shezanne’s childhood home. It was intended for a local audience and had received positive comments from Dubai residents...  
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October 26, 2015

Team ‪#‎PardonShez‬: You took the time to write letters and postcards to the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, to convince them to do the right thing and #PardonShez. It’s been 57 days, and the UAE has still not given a response...

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October 17, 2015

Thank you for your interest in Shezanne Cassim’s efforts to get justice from the UAE government. More than two years ago the U.A.E. government arrested Shez, a U.S. citizen who grew up in Dubai, for creating a comedy video about youth culture...
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  • "We are submitting this in support of Shez and his eventual freeing from being wrongly jailed."

    Will Ferrell, Actor, Comedian

  • "As defenders of justice, if the global situation remains unchanged we leave those in need of our legal services to languish and wither, causing intellectual decay and corrosion on a global scale."

    Susan Burns, Lawyer


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