Conrad Black, the former Hollinger International Inc. chairman convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007, was released from a U.S. prison into the custody of federal immigration authorities.
“Mr. Black was turned over from the Bureau of Prisons into ICE custody this morning,” Nestor Yglesias, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a telephone interview today. “We have nothing else to add at this point.”
Yglesias declined to say whether ICE still had custody of Canadian-born Black or for how long. Black, 67, had been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami, according to the website of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Black’s original 6 1/2-year term was reduced to 3 1/2 years in June by U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve in Chicago after the former newspaper publisher successfully appealed two of three mail fraud counts of which he was convicted in 2007.
He renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 when he accepted a life peerage in the U.K.’s House of Lords, where he holds the title Lord Black of Crossharbour.
Hollinger International was once the world’s third-biggest publisher of English-language newspapers. Its publications included the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, Canada’s National Post and the Jerusalem Post.
Black was originally found guilty for his role in the theft of $6.1 million from the Chicago-based company now known as Sun-Times Media Group Inc. Convictions overturned on appeal reduced the total value of the theft to $600,000.
Each court reviewing the case upheld the jury’s finding that Black obstructed justice when he removed boxes from his Toronto office that prosecutors said contained documents sought by the U.S. government.
The case is U.S. v. Black, 05-cr-00727, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).