Sunday 16 June 2019

The man at the centre of The Serial podcast has been granted a new trial

Adnan Syed has been in prison for 16 years
Adnan Syed has been in prison for 16 years

Agencies and Payu Tiwari

A US appeals court has upheld a ruling granting a new trial to a man whose conviction over the murder of his high school sweetheart became the subject of the popular podcast Serial.

Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a shallow grave in a park in Baltimore.

A three-judge panel in Maryland has upheld a lower court ruling granting him a new trial.

Syed's story was widely publicised in the 2014 Serial podcast, which cast doubt on his guilt.

The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered podcast records.

A lower court judge vacated Syed's conviction in 2016, citing his lawyer's failure to cross-examine a key witness.

Prosecutors appealed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's intermediate appeals court.

Adnan Syed’s lawyer, Justin Brown, told a recent press conference the podcast had been “enormously helpful” in garnering support for his client.

“‘Serial’ has also helped build this groundswell of support for us and for Adnan and for the case, and that has fueled these efforts and helped us to fight on as we have,” he said.

Information about Syed’s retrial, including details like the court date, are yet to be released.

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