Vladimir Antonov extradition hearing postponed

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FORMER Pompey chairman Vladimir Antonov’s extradition hearing was postponed again yesterday.

Mr Antonov, 37, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court as he fights extradition from the UK to face the Lithuanian authorities.

He is charged with misappropriation of funds from Lithuanian bank AB Bankas Snoras, of which he was the main shareholder.

Fellow shareholder Raimondas Baranauskas, 54, also appeared in court accused for defrauding the bank.

Judge John Zani scheduled the next extradition hearing for July 27 and both men were rebailed.

Mr Antonov and Mr Baranauskas were subject to a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office last November over allegations of fraudulent accounting, document forgery and money laundering.

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

CSI subsequently went into administration after his arrest and he stood down as Pompey chairman on November 29.

It plunged Pompey into financial difficulties and the club was placed into administration in February.

Mr Antonov previously said the allegations from the Lithuanian authorities were part of a ‘political case’ against him.