New date set for former Pompey owners’ next court appearance set

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THE case of former Pompey owner Vladimir Antonov will not be heard until later this year.

He is accused, along with business partner Raimondas Baranauskas, of defrauding Lithuanian bank AB Bankas Snoras of more than £150m.

The 36-year-old was taken into custody after a European arrest warrant was issued by Lithuanian authorities in November.

He now faces extradition to Lithuania and appeared yesterday at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

But the case has yet to proceed and he will next appear in court on July 6.

Mr Antonov, of Ladbroke Square, Notting Hill, west London, owned 68 per cent of Snoras while Mr Baranauskas, 53, had a stake of just more than 25 per cent before the bank was nationalised.

Lithuanian Mr Baranauskas also held the posts of chairman of the bank board and president. They were arrested by City of London Police at Mr Antonov’s offices in Bishopsgate, central London.