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Explosions in Beirut in 2020: Interpol puts two Russians, Portuguese on wanted list

Source : 112 Ukraine

The suspects brought explosives to the docks, where they were stored for six years
20:11, 12 January 2021

REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Interpol has put three men on the wanted list. Two Russian citizens and one Portuguese are suspected in delivering explosives to the docks of Beirut; the materials were stored there for six years begore going off in August 2020. That explosion killed 200 people, thousands were wounded, and the city suffered huge damage. 7news.com reported that on January 12.

According to the outlet, "Interpol-issued Red Notices were for the owner and captain of the Rhosus, the ship that carried the 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate to Lebanon in 2013, as well as a Portuguese nitrate trader who visited the port's warehouse in Beirut in 2014 where the material was stored".

The Red Notice is the request to law enforcers all over the world, which is supposed to speed up the search and temporarily arrest the culprit. It's not the arrest warrant, and the government is not required to arrest the wanted suspect. Lebanon's state prosecutor Ghassan Khoury was the one who asked the Interpol to issue the Red Notices.

Related: 137 people died in Beirut’s explosion; French, American citizens among victims

According to local media, the trio of suspects were "the vessel's former captain Boris Prokoshev and Igor Grechushkin, a Russian businessman residing in Cyprus who had bought the cargo ship in 2012. The Portuguese man was identified as Jorge Manuel Mirra Neto Moreira".

The ammonium nitrate stored on the ship called Rhosus was not even supposed to reach Lebanon. When the ship left Georgian port of Batumi, it was on its way to Mozambique. Grechushkin received USD 1,000,000 for transportation of the dangerous cargo from Georgia to Mozambique. 

30 people, including port and customs office workers were arrested after the blast. 

Related: Explosion in Beirut: Death toll climbs to 157

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