Conrad Black released early for good behaviour

2012-05-04 18:01
Miami - Deposed media mogul Conrad Black walked free from a US prison on Friday after serving a second jail term of about eight months for fraud and obstruction of justice, prison officials told AFP.

"Mr Conrad Black has been released this morning from FCC Coleman in Florida," Chris Burke, spokesperson for the federal bureau of prisons, said.

After earlier spending nearly two-and-a-half years in prison, Black, 67, was sentenced in June 2011 to a further 13 months in prison. He was being released early for good behaviour and for time served.

The flamboyant newspaper baron, who once counted politicians and pop stars among his entourage, built up the world's third largest media empire.

His release has caused a political row in Canada amid revelations that even though he renounced his Canadian citizenship to become a British lord, he will now be allowed to return home to Canada.

Black's Hollinger International group's flagship titles included Britain's Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times, Canada's National Post, the Jerusalem Post and the Sydney Morning Herald.
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