(MENAFN - The Peninsula) BEIRUT: Lebanon's interior minister saidon Thursday that Uber driver suspected of murdering a Britishembassy worker last week had served time in prison, and heaccused the company of not checking criminal records of itsdrivers.
The body of Rebecca Dykes was found strangled on Saturdaynext to a highway outside Beirut. Police detained a suspect onMonday and said the crime was not politically motivated.
Minister Nohad Machnouk said the driver had three priors onhis judicial record involving drugs and had been imprisoned onthat basis.
"This company, when it hires drivers, and lets them workwithin its organisation, does not check their priors", he saidat a news conference.
An Uber spokesperson said all drivers the company uses inLebanon are fully licensed by the government and must have aclear judicial record.
The spokesperson said a copy of the driver's judicial recordpublished by local media, showing no judgments against thedriver, was accurate. Uber confirmed in an email that he was alicensed taxi driver with a clean background check.