12/1/2021–|Last updated: 12/1/202109:04 PM (Makkah)
The Lebanese judiciary received from Interpol a copy of the Red Notice regarding the owner and captain of the ammonium nitrate vessel that exploded in Beirut port on August 4, 2020.
The National Agency said today, Tuesday, that Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organization) issued a red notice to the owner and captain of the Roussos ship that transported the shipment of ammonium nitrate to the port of Beirut, and to the nitrate trader (Portuguese) who revealed it in ward No. 12 in 2014.
She added that the request for extradition came at the request of the Public Defender, Judge Ghassan El-Khoury, who obtained a copy of the circular.
For its part, Lebanon refused to conduct an international investigation into the explosion, but a team of French investigators and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation participated in it.
After the explosion, it became clear that the security services and former and current officials from the customs, the port administration and the government were aware of the risks of storing huge quantities of ammonium nitrate in the port.
The explosion at the port – which occurred on 4 August of last year – caused the death of about 200 people and more than 6 thousand wounded, in addition to massive material damage to residential buildings and commercial establishments.
According to preliminary official estimates, the port explosion occurred in hangar 12, which the authorities say contained about 2,750 tons of high explosive ammonium nitrate, which had been confiscated from a ship and stored since 2014.
It is noteworthy that the Red Notice issued by INTERPOL is a request to law enforcement security agencies around the world, to locate the accused and temporarily arrest him, pending his extradition or similar legal action by the local authority in any of the member states of the organization.