Lebanon: Interpol points warrants for folks concerned in Beirut port explosion

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Jan 12, 2021

The Lebanese authorities stated on Tuesday that Interpol has issued requests for the detainment of three males allegedly concerned with the chemical provide that exploded in Beirut’s port final 12 months.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the International Criminal Police Organization, as it is usually recognized, issued Red Notices for the Russian captain and the Russian proprietor of the ship that reportedly introduced 2,750 tons of the flammable fertilizer ammonium nitrate to Beirut’s port in 2013. They additionally issued a discover for a Portuguese service provider who found the nitrate in a Beirut warehouse in 2014, in keeping with the company.

Last August, the nitrate caught fireplace within the capital metropolis’s port after which exploded, killing greater than 200 folks and severely damaging the realm. The tragic blast exacerbated the political, financial and COVID-19 crises in Lebanon. The authorities launched an investigation into the explosion with help from the US authorities.

Interpol is a global group that facilitates police cooperation throughout totally different nations. Its Red Notices are a nonbinding request to legislation enforcement to provisionally arrest people.

Al-Monitor couldn’t find the shipowner, captain or service provider in Interpol’s Red Notice database. An Interpol spokesperson instructed Al-Monitor that the group doesn’t touch upon the existence of Red Notices for people. National News Agency reported that Lebanese Judge Ghassan Khoury noticed a duplicate of the discover. The Lebanese authorities requested Interpol to situation arrest warrants for the proprietor and captain in October.