On Tuesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed Syed’s release for a procedural error. The man, who served 23 years in prison for killing his girlfriend at the time, was released at the end of last year, thanks in part to the popular “Serial” podcast.
In September, prosecutors in Baltimore filed a motion to vacate the 2000 sentence that sentenced Adnan Syed to life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. According to the prosecutor, two more possible suspects have been found in the meantime, and they appeared on the “Serial” podcast. After I applied to set aside the sentence, the prosecution did not file a new case, and Syed was left a free man.
However, a Maryland appeals court ruled that there was a procedural error and that the rights of the victim’s brother, Young Lee, were not respected. According to the court, he was not informed at the time of the hearing that a decision was made to set aside the verdict.
As a result, the court overturned the decision of the court of first instance to drop the case against Syed and reinstated the original judgment and the judgment rendered. There will now be a new hearing, where the reversal of the judgment will be discussed again. It is still not clear if Syed will have to go to prison again.
Adnan Syed was accused of killing his then-girlfriend Hae Min Lee (18 years old) in 1999. The prosecutor suspected that the 17-year-old Syed was acting out of jealousy because his girlfriend was planning to leave him for another man. Syed has always denied the allegations.
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