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December 16th, 2013
09:54 AM ET

American Jailed For Parody Video Will Have to Wait for Another Hearing

The parody video he posted on YouTube was supposed to get laughs.

Instead - it got him thrown in jail.

American Shezanne Cassim, 29, has spent the last 8 months locked up in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly breaking its new cyber crime laws.

Today was his day before the judge but it didn't bring the release his family hoped for.

“This case in court today lasted all of five minutes,” CNN’s Sara Sidner reports.

“The judge talked to five men because Shezanne Cassim is just  one of five people being held under the same cyber crime law that was updated in 2012.”

The judge merely set the next court date for December 23, giving no further answer.

Sidner says Cassim was very quiet and barely recognizable. “His hair was longer. He looks a bit low. A bit depressed,” she says, and he didn't wave at family members like the other four defendants did.

“None of them understand why they were put in jail in the first place, for what was supposed to be a joke, an innocuous video that they put online landed them in prison.”

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