(LEBANON) Court Report: #Uber driver Tariq Houshieh, sentenced for murder after confessing to raping and strangling 30-year-old British Embassy worker Rebecca Dykes in December 2017, state news agency NNA said, according to Reuters AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.03: The driver, Tariq Houshieh, confessed to raping and strangling 30-year-old Dykes, who worked at the embassy in Lebanon for Britain’s Department for International Development MEM reports. Uber appUber app [Sandeepnewstyle/Wikipedia]

November 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm

The British embassy said it hoped the court’s decision would “provide a degree of closure” for those close to Dykes: “Becky was much loved and is deeply missed,” it said in a statement.

Lebanese judges routinely call for death sentences in cases of murder: But the country has an unofficial moratorium and has not carried out an execution since 2004, according to the monitoring group Human Rights Watch.

“ While we welcome the guilty verdict, the UK government continues to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances,” the embassy statement said “

The verdict was handed down by the Mount Lebanon criminal court, the district north of Beirut where the crime occurred, NNA reported………..

A lawyer appointed to represent Houshieh said they would submit an appeal.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Nov.03: 2019:

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