Adnan Syed of Serial is granted a new trial


A man convicted of murder who was at the centre of the podcast Serial has won a new trial in Baltimore after spending 16 years in prison.

Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Adnan Syed.
Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing (Barbara Haddock Taylor/AP)

Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled on Thursday that Syed deserves another trial because his lawyer failed to cross-examine a mobile phone tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed's mobile phone near the burial site.

Syed's lawyer tweeted the news:

And Rabia Chaudry, a friend of Syed's family and the person who led the campaign to get him a new trial, tweeted her joy after hearing the outcome:

Serial, the podcast which publicised Syed's case and attracted millions of listeners by showcasing little-known evidence and raising questions about Syed's guilt, tweeted a screenshot of the judge's court order: