New Career Path? Buy a Football Club – Then Have a Warrant Granted For Your Arrest!

Regular readers will recall that Craig Whyte, the former owner of Rangers (or to be accurate the person believed to be the ultimate owner of the company which owns the company which owned 85% of the shares in the company which formerly owned the assets and business which make up Rangers Football Club) had a warrant for his arrest granted at Inverness Sheriff Court recently.

However, despite the numerous demands for him to be strung up for what he supposedly did to Rangers, and the various police investigations which are apparently ongoing, the warrant did not relate to that, but rather to his failure to come to court as a witness in a criminal trial.

He was able to resolve the matter, arranging to appear at court to surrender to the warrant, and then being granted bail. The Sheriff will deal with the imposition of any penalty for his failure to attend when the criminal case in question is concluded.

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The next victim of this new career path is Vladimir Romanov, erstwhile owner of Hearts.

Unfortunately it seems that Mr Romanov’s issues might prove to be more difficult to resolve than those of Mr Whyte.

According to the BBC today:-

Prosecutors in Lithuania have issued an arrest warrant for former Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov, reports from the country are indicating.

Romanov is thought to be in Russia and, if found, would be returned to Lithuania and prosecuted for non-payment of debts.

If found guilty, he could face up to seven years in prison.

The reports also indicate that a property in Moscow believed to be owned by Romanov has been valued at £50m.

Bearing in mind the extent of the debts of UBIG and Ukio Bankas, one suspects that the £50 million property, even if it does belong to Mr Romanov, would not make much of a dent in the liabilities.

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It would clear off all of Hearts debt, but sadly for the Tynecastle outfit, that is definitely not going to happen.

Now, I do not want to criticise the BBC but I think that the report above might be incorrect in one regard.

Under Article 1 of the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights, signed in 1963:-

No one shall be deprived of his liberty merely on the ground of inability to fulfil a contractual obligation.

The heading to that Article makes clear exactly what is intended:-

Prohibition of imprisonment for debt

It is almost certain therefore that Mr Romanov is wanted for more than simply failing to pay debts.

Whether or not he returns from Russia to Lithuania, and what prospect there is of Lithuania being able to force the hand-over of Mr Romanov to their prosecutors, are matters for later. One thing which is almost certain is that he has visited Tynecastle for the last time – I suspect that the Romanov attention will from now on be focussed on his legal travails in the Baltic.

Posted by Paul McConville

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8 responses to “New Career Path? Buy a Football Club – Then Have a Warrant Granted For Your Arrest!

  1. Could it be lazy journalism by the BBC as is; in the case of the shenanigans at 5088?

  2. JohnBhoy

    The following little ditty – the Zombie Two-Step – is sung to the tune of the Hokey Cokey.

    THE ZOMBIE TWO-STEP

    You put your Chico in
    Your Craigie out
    In, out, in, out
    You shake it all about
    You do the the Zombie Two-Step and you turn a pound
    That’s what it’s all about…

    [Chorus]
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    The Celts are on top, Glasgow’s green and white, ha ha ha!

    You put your Murray in
    Your Chico out
    In, out, in, out
    You shake it all about
    You do the the Zombie Two-Step and you turn a pound
    That’s what it’s all about…

    [Chorus]
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    The Celts are on top, Glasgow’s green and white, ha ha ha!

    You put your Mather in
    Your Murray out
    In, out, in out
    You shake it all about
    You do the the Zombie Two-Step and you turn a pound
    That’s what it’s all about…

    [Chorus]
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    The Celts are on top, Glasgow’s green and white, ha ha ha!

    You put another Murray in
    Your Mather out
    In, out, in out
    You shake it all about
    You do the the Zombie Two-Step and you turn a pound
    That’s what it’s all about…

    [Chorus]
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    Woah, the Zombie Two-Step,
    The Celts are on top, Glasgow’s green and white, ha ha ha!

    Note 1: The Zombie Two-Step is accompanied by a dance which is embarrassingly simple: it requires standing on one spot and pretending to move rather stiffly with first your left arm and left leg at the same time, followed by your right arm and right leg. Just repeat that awkward motion, standing on the same spot, and you’ll master the Zombie Two-Step. For effect, you can keep your arms raised, parallel to the floor.

    Note 2: There is no violent lateral movement required thus not placing vulnerable observers, not to mention sensitive seats, at risk.

  3. Geddy Lee

    With his wealth salted away,I’m sure he can “Persuade” the Russians to let him stay.

    Don’t know who Putin supports but if Romanov suggests HE takes over their biggest rivals, I’m sure he will agree LOL.

  4. Monti

    Where is Vile-it 😀

  5. Fra

    Mad Vlad and Chuckles were/are good for hilarity. Keep it up boys, we’re waiting on the next beauty to be uttered. We know you won’t let us down

  6. It’s not almost certain. It has been certain for at least two months when an international warrant was threatened over a matter of the embezzlement of £12 million. If tried and found guilty, he would face 7 years in prison, the BBC obviously don’t read the Lithuanian press, either:
    http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/46686/lithuanian-prosecutors-launch-international-search-for-romanov-201346686/

    It seems he has been offered ‘political asylum’ by a number of Hearts supporters on the Hearts fansite (though there is reported dissent from this view):
    http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/vladimir-romanov-threatened-with-arrest-warrant-1-2955206

  7. K19

    I can exclusively reveal that Vlad will be returning to Tynie as a consultant.

  8. Dhougal

    Vlad and Chico have both sucked the blood from their clubs ……..well done lads ! Johnbhoy i’ve been practicing the Zombie dance .I’m so good now i reckon i could walk into castle Greyskull unnoticed !

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