TOM LEONARD: Innocent or guilty? Adnan Syed freed after being convicted of murdering girlfriend

Surrounded by cheering supporters capturing the moment on their phones, Adnan Syed walked on to the steps of Baltimore’s City Circuit Court and savoured his first taste of freedom in 23 years.

Smartly dressed in a white shirt and blue tie — but looking washed out after decades in the tough U.S. prison system — he smiled and waved to his followers on Monday afternoon before being driven away to await the next step in his sensational ‘fight for justice’.

Now 41, Syed was only 18 when he was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, whose body had been found the previous year, partially buried in woodland.

Her death seemed to be just another tragic if unremarkable case in the annals of violent crime, but has become a global cause celebre thanks to the investigative podcast Serial, which enthralled hundreds of millions of listeners when it painstakingly examined Syed’s case. 

Serial’s Sarah Koenig, an ex-crime reporter on the Baltimore Sun, had been…

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