Release of Minn. man in United Arab Emirates urged - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Release of Minn. man in United Arab Emirates urged


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The director of the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Program is calling for the immediate release of a Minnesota man who has been held for months in the United Arab Emirates.

Barbara Frey and other leaders of the Human Rights Center say they are concerned about Shezanne Cassim's unwarranted and lengthy detention. They say they're also troubled by his limited access to an attorney.

Cassim's family says he was living and working in Dubai when he uploaded a satirical video onto YouTube. He was arrested in April and is accused of endangering the national security of the United Arab Emirates by violating its federal cybercrimes law.

He's been in a maximum security prison Abu Dhabi since June.

The 29-year-old is a 2006 graduate from the University of Minnesota.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at