Lebanese authorities have sent to Interpol a request for an international arrest warrant for two Russians – the owner and captain of the ship Rhosus, which in 2013 delivered to the seaport of Beirut 2 700 tons of ammonium nitrate. This was reported by El-Watania agency on Friday, October 2.
It is noted that Lebanese Judge Fadi Savwan, who is investigating the August 4 explosion at the seaport of Beirut, sent an October 1 request for the arrest of two Russian citizens to the Prosecutor General’s Office, which appealed to Interpol. According to the agency, earlier delegation of Lebanese investigators and representatives of special services visited Cyprus to meet the owner of the ship living there.
On August 5 it became known that the owner of Rhosus vessel detained in Beirut was Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin. After the detention of the ship in Beirut, the businessman was forced to pay a penalty and then initiated bankruptcy proceedings. It is not known who became the owner of the ship after Grechushkin. According to the New York Times, the ship sank in early 2018.
The explosion in the Lebanese capital took place on August 4 near the seaport of Beirut, near the base of the Lebanese Navy. According to the official version of the authorities, detonated about 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, seized by customs six years ago.
As a result, the facades of several buildings located near the port collapsed, and residential buildings and offices were damaged. Among other things, the Russian embassy in Lebanon was damaged and its windows were broken.