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Newsline: UK hopes Lebanon ruling brings closure after diplomat’s murder

Britain said on Friday it hoped a ruling by a Lebanese court to uphold the conviction of an Uber driver for the 2017 rape and murder of a British diplomat in Lebanon would bring closure for her family. The British embassy said in a statement that Lebanon’s court of cassation rejected an appeal by Tariq Houshieh against his conviction which followed his confession to raping and strangling 30-year-old Rebecca Dykes. He was sentenced to death in 2019, although Lebanon has an unofficial moratorium and has not carried out any executions since 2004, Human Rights Watch says. “We hope this verdict will bring some closure for Becky’s family, for the many around the world who loved Becky, and for all those whose lives she touched through her humanitarian work in Lebanon and elsewhere,” the embassy said after the ruling. (https://neuters.de/world/britain-hopes-lebanon-ruling-brings-closure-after-womans-murder-2022-12-16/) Dykes worked at the embassy in Lebanon for Britain’s Department for International Development.

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