HBO‘s documentary about Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed will make its Australian premiere on SBS tonight. The Case Against Adnan Syed is a four-part documentary promising new information and evidence about the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Syed.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg, the documentary will examine how “Syed’s trial and subsequent conviction in 2000 raised as many questions as they answered.” It will include new audio recordings of Syed from prison and interviews with his defence team, the Syed family, private investigators, members of the Baltimore City Law enforcement, and Lee’s friends and teachers.
You can catch episode one, Forbidden Love, on your tellies tonight 8:30pm (Sunday 7 April) on SBS. Alternatively, you can watch it right now on SBS On Demand.
In the first episode, viewers are introduced to Syed’s family and his advocate Rabia Chaudry, who first brought Syed’s story to journalist Sarah Koenig – the host of Serial.
The true crime podcast reignited interest in the case both nationally and internationally. Its investigation had such an impact, Syed was granted a retrial in 2016 after serving 16 years of his life sentence. It was found that Syed’s original counsel underrepresented their client by failing to investigate a potential alibi witness.
In 2018, the ruling was upheld by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. But last month, Maryland’s Court of Appeals ruled four to three that, though they agreed with the lower court that Syed’s original legal counsel was “deficient” in failing to investigate the possible alibi witness, they did not believe this prejudiced the case.
The Case Against Adnan Syed premieres 8:30pm on SBS.