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Sen. Franken Welcomes Woodbury Native Home

Visits Family in Woodbury Home Saturday.

Shezanne Cassim, center, poses with U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Credit: Office of Sen. Al Franken
Shezanne Cassim, center, poses with U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Credit: Office of Sen. Al Franken

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) visited the Woodbury home of Shezanne Cassim Saturday to welcome him home after he spent nine months in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) prison, according to a press release from Franken's office. 

Cassim was detained for posting a satirical video titled "Ultimate Combat System: The Deadly Satwa Gs" on Oct. 10, 2012. It is a mockumentary about combat in an area of Dubai called Al Satwa.

“I’m thrilled that Shezanne is finally home with his family in Minnesota,” Sen. Franken said. “It was a long nine months for him, his friends and relatives, and for all of us while he was in prison. We are all greatly relieved that this ordeal is now over and he is safely home in Woodbury."

After Cassim's family contacted Sen. Franken for help last May, the senator assisted the family to help win Cassim's release.

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