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Fraud accused lose extradition plea

The Russian former owner of Portsmouth Football Club has lost his High Court bid to block extradition to Lithuania where he faces £400 million fraud charges.

Vladimir Antonov, 39, and his Lithuanian business partner, Raimondas Baranauskas, 57, are both wanted to stand trial but say they are being used as "scapegoats" following the controversial nationalisation of Snoras, a leading Lithuanian bank they controlled.

They argue that the extradition request was made in bad faith and was "politically motivated" by the Lithuanian government's desire to end criticism from a newspaper owned by the bank.

But today two High Court judges in London dismissed their challenge and said there was no evidence to support their claims.

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