Rabia Chaudry Is Writing A Book About Adnan Syed To Be Published Next Year
Today, Entertainment Weekly announced that Rabia Chaudry, the woman who brought Adnan Syed’s case to Sarah Koenig’s attention before it became the subject of Serial’s first season, has written a book called Adnan’s Story: Murder, Justice, and The Case That Captivated a Nation to be published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2016. Chaudry, a lawyer and longtime friend of Syed’s who has been continuing to investigate the case via the podcast Undisclosed, wrote the book with his cooperation. St. Martin’s says it “will reexamine the investigation that led to Adnan Syed’s arrest, share his life in prison, discuss new evidence and possibilities that have since come to light, and review the recent court successes — including a ruling by a Maryland judge to reopen Syed’s case.”
Syed was convicted in 1999 in the death of his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, but has long maintained his innocence. While the popularity of Serial certainly drew international attention to this long forgotten tragedy, a judge would not have ruled in favor of reopening the case if not for the dedicated efforts of Chaudry and her fellow Undisclosed podcasters Susan Simpson and Colin Miller. In addition to hearing from Syed’s alibi witness Asia McClain (who was never contacted by Syed’s previous defense attorney), the judge will now hear new evidence uncovered by Undisclosed that indicates the cell phone records used by the prosecution to prove their case were not actually reliable and should not have been admitted into evidence in the first place. In a release, Syed said:
The first letter I received after being arrested in 1999 was from Rabia. Since that time until now, she has believed in my innocence and been committed to my exoneration. There have been appeal hearings in which she is the only other person other than my mother who showed up. Rabia, Saad, and their family are one of the only families that never forgot me. Over the years they never stopped visiting me, taking my calls, sending me letters and books, and praying for me. As someone connected to me, my family, my community, my lawyers, and my investigation, there is no one better to help tell my story, and no one that I trust more to tell it, than Rabia.
And I, for one, cannot wait to read it. [EW]