Lithuanian prosecutors still trying to locate former Snoras bank owners

Vladimiras Antonovas, Raimondas Baranauskas
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

“We have taken due measures, we are doing everything that is possible but we cannot comment each and every action… The fact is that their location is unknown and is being established,” Elena Martinonienė, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s Office, told BNS.

“We’ve addressed all countries, the international search is ongoing. Everything that’s necessary has been done. However, we cannot disclose any specific information now as it may affect the investigation,” she added.

According to the information available to Lithuanian law enforcement, Antonov, a Russian citizen, and Baranauskas, a Lithuanian citizen, had left the UK. The lrytas.lt news website reported early this month that they had fled to Russia where Vladimir Romanov, the former owner of Lithuania’s bankrupt Ūkio Bankas, also wanted by Lithuanian law enforcement, had been hiding since May 2013.

Antonov’s lawyer, Karen Todner, earlier said that he had left the UK over fears that his life was at risk.

The two men are suspected of misappropriating about 490 million euros worth of Snoras’ assets. The prosecutors have also imposed restrictions on the suspects’ ownership rights to 233 million euros worth of assets.

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