World News – FI – Beirut explosion: Lebanon seeks to arrest shipowner and ship’s captain


css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Lebanon has demanded the arrest of the foreign owner and captain of the ship that brought equipment that exploded at the port of Beirut causing havoc

The judge who investigated the blast asked the international police organization Interpol to detain the two men without publicly identifying them

Some 190 people were killed when the cargo of improperly stored ammonium nitrate exploded on August 4

The ship’s captain, MV Rhosus, has already been appointed a Russian national and its owner, a Russian national based in Cyprus

The MV Rhosus docked in Beirut in 2013 after suffering technical problems while sailing from Georgia to Mozambique

Some 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were unloaded the following year and stored under dangerous conditions in a warehouse at the port, where they eventually exploded with catastrophic effect

On Thursday, the Lebanese judge leading the disaster investigation, Fadi Sawan, « issued two arrest warrants against the owner of the Rhosus as well as the captain of the ship, « an anonymous judicial source told AFP news agency

The explosion sparked outrage in Lebanon, with the blame not only directed against those responsible for the ship, but also against the Lebanese authorities for failing to prevent it

The explosion led to the resignation of the government, and efforts to form a new government have so far been unsuccessful

The disaster came at a time when Lebanon was already suffering from multiple crises with the collapse of its currency, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and months of protests calling for an overhaul of the country’s political system

Along with the human toll, the explosion caused up to $ 4.6bn (£ 3-4bn) in damage to buildings and infrastructure, according to the World Bank, and Lebanon has called for international aid to help itself. straighten

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