A Russian businessman who used to own Portsmouth Football Club and is wanted in Lithuania for fraud, has fled Britain in fear for his life, his lawyer told AFP on Monday after a London court revoked his bail. “I confirm Mr (Vladimir) Antonov has fled the jurisdiction due to fears for his life,” his lawyer, Karen Todner, said in an e-mail, specifying he had left Britain. “Bail was revoked,” Todner said after a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Antonov is the former owner of Portsmouth, now languishing in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. He and his Lithuanian business partner, Raimondas Baranauskas, are accused of stripping assets and funds worth £400 million (565 million euros, $622 million) from a leading Lithuanian bank, Snoras, when it was nationalised in 2011. The pair lost a bid to avoid extradition in May. They claimed they were being used as “scapegoats” and said the extradition request was “politically motivated”, but two judges […]

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