Serial is returning to the Adnan Syed case
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The Serial podcast is shifting from the Taliban country of Afghanistan back to the streets of Baltimore.

Season one of Serial centred around the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was 19 at the time.

As any listener will know, there were major inconsistencies in that case, a lack of solid evidence and some very shaky witness testimonies.

The case had been closed for several years before Sarah Koenig, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, started investigating it again week by week in 2014, attracting millions of viewers to a real-life whodunnit.

Now she’s revisiting the case.

Why now?

Following the broadcast of Serial, new evidence came to light and a three-day hearing has now started to determine whether there should be a retrial.

Yesterday, a woman who claims that she saw Syed in the library at the time of the murder made a surprise appearance in court in Baltimore.

Asia McClain, who spoke to Koenig for the podcast but wasn’t called as a witness in the original trial, was asked by Syed’s lawyer Justin Brown: “Were you with Adnan Syed on Jan. 13, 1999 at the Woodlawn Public Library?”

She replied: “Yes, I was” – adding that her boyfriend at the time and another friend also saw Syed in the library.

In addition, Syed’s lawyer will argue that his former attorney, who is now deceased, was incompetent.

New episodes

While the second season of Serial is focusing on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who deserted his station and was captured by the Taliban, Koenig announced that they were going to revisit the Syed story last night.

“This week I’m going to do something I haven’t done before, which is duck back into Adnan Syed’s case for a few days, to report on a court proceeding that’s happening in Baltimore,” Koenig said.

“For the next few days, producer Dana Chivvis and I will discuss what happens at the hearing, day by day.”

You can listen to the first of these episodes online now.