Interpol red notices issued for ship captain, owner over Beirut blast – Lebanese state media

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BEIRUT, (Sundiata Post) – Interpol has issued red notices for the captain and owner of the ship that carried the chemicals which devastated Beirut an explosion August, killing 200 , Lebanon’s state media said.

Five months since of the biggest non-nuclear blasts on , big questions remain about the ammonium nitrate that detonated after being stored at the port for years.

The Interpol notices, which are not international arrest warrants, ask authorities worldwide to provisionally detain pending possible extradition or other legal actions. Interpol issues them at the request of a member country.

State news agency NNA said on Tuesday that Interpol also issued a notice for a Portuguese trader examined the cargo at Beirut port 2014, without giving a name or futher details.

The Interpol global police coordination agency does not confirm or deny red notices that are not publicly available on its website. An Interpol spokesperson said if there was a notice and was not published online, that meant was for law enforcement only.

Lebanese officials have faced accusations of negligence, some port and customs employees detained connection to the blast, which injured thousands of . of the victims are still waiting for of the .

Lebanon’s public prosecution asked Interpol in October to issue arrest warrants for people had identified as the Russian captain and owner of the Rhosus ship which arrived in Beirut in 2013, security and judicial sources said.

Their names did not appear on the public list of Red Notices on Interpol’s website on Wednesday.

Boris Prokoshev, the captain at the time, has said the chemicals ended in Beirut after the ship’s owner told him to divert to pick extra cargo, and that Lebanese.(Reuters)