HBO Releases Trailer For New True-Crime Docuseries 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'

A trailer has been released for new HBO series The Case Against Adnan Syed, which is promising new developments in the efforts to free him from jail.

The true-crime series follows on from Sarah Koenig's gripping true-crime podcast Serial, which saw thousands come forward to support Adnan and claim his innocence in a kidnap and murder case they believe he did not commit.

And if the new trailer is anything to go by, the new docuseries focusing on Adnan is going to be even more intense.

Adnan has been behind bars since 2000 after he was convicted for the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. While his murder conviction has been overturned since then, prosecutors appealed the decision meaning he remains in prison still.

His defence team argued that his original lawyer provided ineffective representation in court and that a mobile phone linking him to the murder was faulty. This resulted in a new trial in 2016.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

But prosecuting lawyers challenged the decision to overturn Adnan's conviction, meaning a ruling will now be made this year.

HBO hasn't revealed a release date for the four-part series yet, but it is likely to air before the courts make their decision which is expected before August 2019.

The synopsis for the series directed by Amy Berg says: "In production since 2015, The Case Against Adnan Syed closely re-examines the events leading up to Hae Min Lee's disappearance, from high school romance, forbidden love and cultural conflict, to the aftermath of her disappearance, the original police investigation and the present day, when Syed awaits a new trial.

"Presenting new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case, and 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."

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

Podcast Serial uncovered a lot of conflicting evidence following its 2014 release, but this new four-part series is promising viewers even more discoveries in the case.

The case is similar to Netflix's Making A Murderer, which focuses on Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey's families and defence teams trying to overturn their convictions for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

Making A Murderer just aired part two, and there is the possibility for a third series as Avery and Dassey remain in prison despite their lawyers best efforts to free them.

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