Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Wednesday said that the popular ride-hailing app Uber was unsafe days after the murder of a British woman by a driver contracted with the company. Speaking during the annual lunch event held by the Beirut Municipality, Machnouk called on Lebanese to use private taxi companies to get around the city.His remarks came after it was revealed that the suspected killer of Rebecca Dykes, who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut, held a taxi license and was a registered Uber driver. The suspect's car's journey was tracked through the Uber app and the details were provided to the Lebanese authorities during the investigation.An Uber spokesperson in in Lebanon dismissed Machnouk's comments when contacted by The Daily Star, reiterating earlier statements maintaining that the driver had presented a clean criminal record, as stipulated by the company's policy.
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