a judge of America Monday reversed the sentence of a man imprisoned for 23 years for a murder he has always denied and made famous on podcasts “serial,
Adnan Syed, At the age of 42, he was sentenced to life in 2000 for the death of his ex-girlfriend hey min lee In Baltimore, on the East Coast of the United States.
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In an unexpected twist, the city’s lawyer, Marilyn MosbyAsked for the sentence to be quashed last week, explaining that there were doubts about his crime, and asked for his liberty.
Mosby explained that he discovered the existence of “Two alternate suspects”, Important information that was not well valued at the time and, above all, which was not shared with the defendants prior to the trial.
On Monday, a judge upheld the request during a hearing in a packed Baltimore courtroom.
“In the interest of justice and equality, the motion is allowed and the accused shall be released with an electronic bracelet,” Judge Melissa Finn said.
The officers then removed Adnan Syed’s handcuffs, as part of the room applauded before being called to order. The man with the bushy beard and white hat did not react to the decision.
Just before this hearing the victim’s brother had admitted in a teleconferencing living a nightmare that never stoppedAnd said he felt “betrayed” by prosecutors who maintained for years that they had found the culprit.
In the next 30 days, the prosecution will have to answer whether a fresh trial will be conducted or whether the investigation against Adnan Syed will be dropped.
The case began in 1999 when police found the half-dead body of 18-year-old He Min Lee in the woods of Baltimore. Adnan Syed, 17, was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment a year later.
According to the allegation, the boy did not tolerate that she would leave him and strangle him. Syed always denied the crime and claimed to be a victim of prejudice against Muslims.
In 2014, a team of journalists conducted their own investigation, narrated in 12 episodes of the “serial” podcast and which, according to the producers, generated nearly 300 million downloads and even inspired a documentary on the HBO network.
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The independent investigation revealed that Adnan Syed’s defense did not take into account the report of a mobile phone expert friendly to the accused as well as the testimony of a young woman, who gave him a possible excuse.
In March 2018, an appeals court in Maryland ordered a new trial, noting that the defendants had provided “ineffective help” to their client, but in March 2019 that state’s Supreme Court did not present certain elements. Recognized the mistake of the lawyer, although he rejected the demand for a new process