The Lebanese authorities have asked Interpol to arrest the owner and captain of the ship that has been transferred to the port of the capital, Beirut. The ammonium nitrate exploded in a facility warehouse on August 4, causing more than 190 deaths and several thousand injured deaths.
The judge in charge of the investigation into the disaster, Fadi Sauan, issued two arrest warrants against the owner and the captain of the ‘MV Rhosus’ and forwarded them to the public prosecutor’s office, which requested Interpol to issue arrest warrants International.
Sauan has not identified these two people, despite the fact that the ship’s captain has been named a Russian citizen, while the owner is a Russian citizen residing in Cyprus who would have been questioned in September, according to an investigative delegation from the Lebanese state news agency NNA.
The ship docked in the port of Beirut in 2013 after experiencing technical problems on the route between Georgia and Mozambique, a country that has declined any responsibility for what happened. Around 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate were dumped and stored in unsafe conditions, causing it to explode.