In the case of the American Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murder and became known worldwide through the podcast "Serial", there has been a remarkable turn of events. A court in the US state of Maryland overturned the verdict against the 41-year-old on Monday, as US media reported unanimously. Last week, prosecutors requested a new trial for Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. According to the US media, the court has now announced that the earlier conviction had been overturned "in the interest of fairness and justice".
Syed was sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend when he was 17. His ex-girlfriend, high school student Hae Min Lee, was last seen alive in January 1999 in the US state of Maryland. A month later, her body was found in a park. Lee's former partner and classmate Syed was convicted mainly because of the incriminating statements of an acquaintance.
The podcast "Serial" examined his case in several episodes in 2014. The case was finally reopened legally and went through the instances - however, Syed was ultimately denied a retrial. He himself always denied the crime. The episodes of the first season of "Serial" were heard by millions of people, and the documentary by US journalist Sarah Koenig was also very successful in Germany.