The makers of the hugely popular Serial podcast have said they will return to the case that made it a true-crime sensation.

The announcement came after a US judge threw out the conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast's first season 14 years after his arrest.

Syed had been serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Show host Sarah Koenig "was at the courthouse when Adnan was released, a new episode is coming tomorrow morning," the Serial team tweeted.

In the Serial podcast's first season in 2014, Koening used a mix of investigative journalism, first-person narrative and dramatic storytelling to revisit Syed's case and examine the fairness of his trial.

Syed has steadfastly maintained his innocence but his multiple appeals were denied, including by the US Supreme Court which declined in 2019 to hear his case.

In a surprise move last week, the Baltimore City State's Attorney announced that she had asked the court to vacate Syed's conviction while a further investigation is carried out.

Baltimore City prosecutors now have 30 days to either bring new charges against Syed or dismiss the case.

Source: AFP