HBO and Sky have announced they’re launching a new documentary series called The Case Against Adnan Syed directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg. Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old high school student Hae Min Lee. The four-hour series has been in production since 2015, and it will provide another close analysis of the events leading up to and after Lee’s disappearance and murder. The case captured global attention after the blockbuster podcast Serial delved into Lee’s life and the subsequent court case and conviction of Syed.
After Serial, Syed was initially granted a new trial in 2016, and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals decided it would uphold that ruling earlier this year, paving the way for Syed’s retrial.
According to HBO, the series will present “new discoveries and revelations that challenge the state’s case.”
Featuring exclusive access to Syed, the defense team, the Syed family, friends and teachers of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, and members of City of Baltimore law enforcement, the series traces how the rush to justice and Syed’s conviction in 2000 raised more questions than answers about what happened to Hae Min Lee, underscoring the instability of memory and conflicting eyewitnesses.
The new series will debut on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic in Europe, though there’s no release date yet. Berg is known for her 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil, which investigated sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
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