Adnan Syed: new podcast to examine Serial case

Case re-opened … Adnan Syed was convicted of the 1999 murder of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Photo: This American LifeThe case of convicted murderer Adnan Syed, the subject of Serial, the world’s most popular podcast, is to be further examined – in a new podcast.

But in a move sure to arouse further controversy, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed is to be presented by Syed’s lawyer Rabia Chaudry and will be clearly biased in favour of Syed, convicted in 1999 of killing his girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Serial smashed all records, reportedly being downloaded more than 76 million times. Presented by journalist Sarah Koenig, it attempts to give an even-handed if somewhat tortured account of the myriad twists and turns in Syed’s case.

Undisclosed, according to Chaudry, will answer many of the questions Serial left unanswered.

“Undisclosed will examine and explore the case in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one,” says a statement on the podcast’s website.

It will begin its bi-weekly episodes on April 13.

A spokesman for This American Life, who produced Serial, told Buzzfeed there was no connection between the two productions.

“There is no affiliation between Undisclosed and Serial,” said the spokesman. “We have not been working with the Undisclosed team on their podcast.”

Funding for the new podcast has come from public donations to the Adnan Syed Trust, which has so far raised $US93,000 of its $US250,000 target.

Syed’s case is to come before the courts again after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals allowed a request in February to re-open it.

Syed, who has maintained his innocence all along, claims his original lawyer, who has since died, didn’t represent him adequately.

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