“Serial” Creator Sarah Koenig Comments on Adnan Syed’s New Trial

Despite starting the phenomenon that is the Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee narrative, “Serial” podcast creator Sarah Koening has stayed relatively silent about the subject of her season one. Since season one aired, Syed has went through a Post Conviction Relief hearing to determine if he would get relief and a new trial based on a new evidence. It was announced last week that Judge Welch had granted Syed a new trial.

However, Koening hadn’t really commented often about the man she spent hours on the phone with interviewing or the story she unraveled week by week. However, with Syed’s conviction now vacated by the judge, Koening has opened up a bit.

She posted on the “Serial” website,

“Last week, when I saw the news that Judge Martin P. Welch granted Adnan a new trial, I happened to be on Skype with our Executive Producer Julie Snyder, and both of us did exactly the same involuntary thing of sucking in our breath and then putting our hands over our mouths,” Koenig wrote. “We weren’t so much shocked because of the legal arguments, but because it was such a longshot, this outcome.”

Rabia Chaudry, who also wrote a book about Syed’s case while manning the “Undisclosed” podcast that led to many new discoveries about the case, told EW,

 “I am absolutely confident if this case goes to trial again we will get a full acquittal,” she said. “There is no evidence linking Adnan to the crime. In fact, the medical evidence, which I detail in my upcoming book, all but exonerates him.”

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