Lebanon minister calls Uber unsafe after Briton’s murder

BEIRUT (AP) – Lebanon’s interior minister has warned against using Uber after a driver for the ride-hailing service was arrested in connection with the murder of a British woman who worked at the U.K. Embassy.

Nohad Machnouk said Wednesday that the driver had a criminal record, without elaborating. He urged Lebanese to use “traditional” taxis, saying Uber is a “virtual” entity that is “not safe.”

Lebanon’s Al-Nahar newspaper said in a report Wednesday that the 29-year old driver was sentenced to six months in prison 10 years ago for stealing a motorcycle.

FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 as the European Union’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across the continent. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

U.S.-based Uber said it was “horrified” by the killing of Rebecca Dykes, whose body was found Saturday, and that it was assisting in the investigation. The company says its drivers in Lebanon must be licensed taxi drivers with no criminal record.

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