The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Responded to Interpol's Request for the Extradition of Russians Due to the Explosion in Beirut
OREANDA-NEWS. As reported to RIA Novosti in the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, the owner of the Rhosus vessel Igor Grechushkin and Captain Boris Prokoshev, whose arrest warrant was issued by Interpol in the case of the explosion in the port of Beirut, are not subject to detention in Russia and extradition to the competent authorities of foreign states.
The department, in response to a corresponding request from the agency, said that “The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation did not receive requests from the competent authorities of foreign states for extradition and legal assistance in relation to I.V. Grechushkin and B.N.Prokoshev. As they are both citizens of the Russian Federation, they are not subject to extradition to another state, as well as detention on the territory of the Russian Federation at the request of the competent authorities of foreign states for extradition. "
Earlier, the Lebanese national agency NNA reported that Interpol had issued an arrest warrant for the owner and captain of the ship Rhosus, which carried saltpeter, which was then stored in the port of Beirut, and an entrepreneur from Portugal who assessed a warehouse in the Lebanese harbor in 2014 where it was stored it is an explosive substance.
As previously reported by the media, the dry cargo ship Rhosus, owned by Russian Igor Grechushkin, transported saltpeter from Batumi to Mozambique, but made an unscheduled stop in Lebanon due to technical problems. After checking, the port authorities forbade him to return to the sea. Grechushkin went bankrupt and actually abandoned the crew. The ship's captain was Russian Boris Prokoshev. In 2014, saltpeter from the ship was unloaded into one of the hangars in the port of Beirut, where on August 4, 2020, a detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, confiscated by customs in 2014 and stored in a warehouse, took place.