Antonov faces extradition hearing next year

Vladimir Antonov
Vladimir Antonov

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FORMER Pompey chairman Vladimir Antonov faces a full extradition hearing in January.

Mr Antonov appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning as he fights extradition from the UK to face the Lithuanian authorities over an alleged bank fraud.

He, along with Raimondas Baranauskas, 54, is charged with misappropriation of funds from Lithuanian bank AB Bankas Snoras, of which Mr Antonov was the main shareholder.

Both men appeared in court this morning.

He was ordered to appear for a review hearing at the same court before a ten-day full extradition hearing starting on January 21, 2013.

Mr Antonov and Mr Baranauskas were subject to a European Arrest Warrant from the Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office last November over allegations of fraudulent accounting, document forgery and money laundering of one billion litas - around £250m.

Mr Antonov was the co-owner of Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), which took over as Pompey’s parent company in June last year.

CSI fell into administration soon after his arrest and the businessman stood down as chairman of the Blues on November 29.