An American court releases a Muslim prisoner suddenly after spending more than 20 years behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend

An American court releases a Muslim prisoner suddenly after spending more than 20 years behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend
An American court releases a Muslim prisoner suddenly after spending more than 20 years behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend

Al-Marsad newspaper: Adnan Sayed, whose conviction for the murder of his ex-girlfriend attracted the attention of millions of Americans, was released after the podcast “Serial”, as a US judge in Baltimore granted a request to overturn his conviction, but his legal battle is not yet over.

Beginning “Find a dead body”

The events of the case date back to 1999. When the police found the body of Hye Min Lee, who was then 18 and a half years old, buried in the Baltimore forest. A year later, Adnan al-Sayed, who was then 17 years old, was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend and sentenced to life imprisonment.

hearing

According to CNN, the hearing lasted about two hours, with a 30-minute break, as this was a time when prosecutors were able to unearth the evidence they provided in their application, drawn from a year-long re-investigation in the case that focused on newly revealed information. alternative suspects.

failure of the state

The evidence also pointed to a failure by the state, the attorney general said, to share some of this information on alternate suspects with the defense team at the time of trial. This argument was apparently sufficient to direct the judge to overturn the sentence.

Although Sayed was released, “this is not a declaration of their conviction of his innocence,” but an “opportunity to move forward with the investigation.”

The judiciary wants to make sure that justice is served, and that there is adequate representation for Adnan Syed if there is a future trial. Sayed will also be subject to home surveillance as the investigation continues and until a decision is reached to drop the charges or continue the trial.

The article is in Arabic

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