No, let us

This is … um, interesting:

Shezanne Cassim, an American who was jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video that parodied Dubai teens, returned to the United States on Thursday and sharply criticized the authorities who imprisoned him.

“I did nothing wrong,” Cassim said in Minneapolis. “There was nothing illegal about the video, even under UAE law. I was tried in a textbook kangaroo court, and I was convicted without any evidence.”

For months, Cassim said, he and others apprehended in the case didn’t know why they were behind bars.

“We had no idea of what our crime was. We had no idea how long we’d be in prison for. We weren’t actually told what our crime was until five months later, after we were taken in,” he said. “Even then, we heard rumors of the charges, and they kept on changing.”

In December, Cassim was sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of about $2,700. The charges were not read in court, but the country’s main English-language newspaper reported that Cassim was accused of defaming the UAE’s image abroad.

His family says the 29-year-old was arrested in April after uploading a 19-minute video that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens influenced by hip-hop culture.

It seems the UAE has done a much better job of defaming the UAE than Shezanne did, so who’s going to jail?

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