Convict in murder case from Serial podcast permanently free, innocence is established

In the US, the case against Adnan Syed for the 1999 assassination of Hae Min Lee was dropped. He spent more than twenty years in prison before the death of his ex-girlfriend. The case received a lot of fame through the popular American podcast Serial.

Syed was already released by the judge last month, but was still under house arrest with GPS location monitoring. Last month, the state had to decide whether to retrial or dismiss the case.

Today, the case is closed. Additional DNA tests have definitively ruled out Syed as a suspect. His house arrest was lifted immediately.

Syeds lawyer does not yet know whether there will be a claim for compensation.

convicted of strangulation

Syed spent more than 20 years in prison for strangling Lee, who was 18 at the time. Her body was found a few weeks later in a park in Baltimore.

The case was addressed by journalist Sarah Koenig in the first season of Serial, in 2014, and the twelve-part series already criticized the evidence used.

Syed received a new trial in 2016 as a result of the podcast, but that did not lead to release.

A higher judge said in 2019 that not all exculpatory evidence had been properly looked at, but found that finding insufficient to reach a different verdict.

So now that verdict is there: Adnan Syed is innocent and is a free man again.