BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Lebanese court sentenced Uber driver Tariq Houshieh to death on Friday for the murder of British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes in December 2017, state news agency NNA reported.
Houshieh confessed to raping and strangling the 30-year-old Dykes, who worked at the embassy for Britain’s Department for International Development.
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.
(The story changes slug, corrects reference in first paragraph to embassy worker, not diplomat).
Reporting by Eric Knecht; Editing by Hugh Lawson