Uber Driver Accused Of Murder
Transport technology company, Uber continues its endless run with controversy.
The latest calls for more examination of the character and mental stability of the man behind the wheels.
Just this past week, it was its driver in the US city of Atlanta being accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
Today, it is another of its driver being accused of murdering a British embassy worker.
Indeed, the driver who has been previously arrested for drug use has confessed to killing the British woman who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut, according to a senior Lebanese security official.
A second security source said preliminary investigations into the murder of Rebecca Dykes showed the motive was purely criminal, not political.
The suspect, who worked for the Uber taxi service, had immediately confessed to the crime, which took place early on Saturday, the source said.
Lebanon’s state news agency NNA identified the suspect by the first name Tariq and the initial H, and said he had picked Dykes up in his taxi in Beirut’s Gemmayzeh district on Friday evening before assaulting and killing her.
Uber declined to confirm the suspect’s name or how long he had been driving for the service.
The incident was the latest to highlight the issue of safety at Uber in various countries around the world.
"We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victim and her family. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation in any way we can,” said Uber spokesman Harry Porter.
Uber is facing a host of problems, including allegations of sexual harassment, data privacy violations and a lawsuit and criminal investigation over alleged trade-secrets theft.
New Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick in August, has been critical of past practices and vowed a new era of compliance.
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