American among those convicted for satirical video about youth culture in UAE

Washington, Dec. 24: A UAE court has sentenced eight people, including an American, to up to a year in prison after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.

The video was uploaded to the Internet and was a spoof documentary of would-be ‘gangsta’ youth in the Gulf Arab city-state.

The state-owned daily The National said they were accused of ‘defaming the image of United Arab Emirates society abroad.’

According to the New York Post, American consular officials have been following the case closely and attended the hearing at the State Security Court in the federal capital, Abu Dhabi.

Two Indian defendants received similar sentences, while two Emirati brothers were sentenced to eight months behind bars and received 5,000 dirham fines, the report added. (ANI)