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VAW: Brother kills sister in Qobayat, taxi driver harasses woman in Jal el dib

10-7-2019

The General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces announced that on July 2, 2019, the body of a woman, (born in 1980), was discovered shot dead with six gunshots and transferred to a hospital in Quobayat in the North. Upon investigation, the ISF said, the culprit, identified as the brother of the victim (born in 1979), was arrested in the town of Shadra on July 6 carrying the weapon used in the crime. In a related incident, Al Diyar newspaper reported today that a woman (born in 1989) who rode a taxi from the Museum neighborhood in Beirut was sexually harassed by the cab driver. When the latter reached Jal el Dib east of the capital, he deliberately drove his commuter to a closed area attempting to sexually assault her but failed and fled to an unknown destination. Also, in the follow up on the case of the murder of British diplomat, Rebecca Dykes, on January 2, 2018, who was raped and killed by an Uber driver (https://goo.gl/nb1nLW), the Mount Lebanon Criminal Court held a hearing session yesterday and set September 26 as the date to pronounce the final verdict. The defendant’s lawyer said during the hearing, that his client has killed his victim under the influence of drugs. But the plaintiff’s attorney asked for the trial of the driver on the two charges of rape and premeditated murder. He also demanded fining him with LBP one million which will go to the Rebecca Dykes Fund. (Al Diyar, Al Mustaqbal, L’Orient Le Jour, July 9, 10, 2019)

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