Interpol issues arrest warrant for two Russians over explosion in the port of Beirut

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Interpol has put one Portuguese and two Russians on the wanted list in the case of the explosion in the port of Beirut in 2020. This was announced on Tuesday, January 12, by the Associated Press.

According to him, “red notices” were issued for the owner and captain of the ship Rhosus with Russian citizenship, with saltpeter on board, as well as an entrepreneur from Portugal who was assessing the warehouse in the harbor. Interpol’s “red notice” does not require the authorities of states to arrest the wanted people, since this is not an arrest warrant, writes “Ridus”.

The names of those on the wanted list were not named, but it was previously reported that the ship belongs to Igor Grechushkin, and the captain was Boris Prokoshev, RT reports.

The explosion in the Lebanese capital occurred on August 4 in the area of ​​the seaport of Beirut near the Lebanese naval base. According to the official version of the authorities, they detonated about 2.75 tons of ammonium nitrate, seized by customs six years ago.

As a result, the facades of several buildings located near the port collapsed, and houses and offices were damaged. In particular, the building of the Russian Embassy in Lebanon was damaged, where glass was broken.

The explosion killed more than 150 people, injured over 6 thousand. Because of the explosion, about 4 thousand buildings were completely or partially destroyed.

On August 5, it became known that the owner of the Rhosus ship detained in Beirut was a Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin. After the ship was detained in Beirut, the merchant was forced to pay a forfeit, and then initiated bankruptcy proceedings. Who became the owner of the ship after Grechushkin is unknown. According to the New York Times, the ship itself sank in early 2018.

In October, it became known that the Lebanese authorities sent a request to Interpol to issue an international arrest warrant for two Russians – the owner and captain of the ship Rhosus, which delivered 2.75 thousand tons of ammonium nitrate to the seaport of Beirut in 2013.

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