Trump pardons Conrad Black for 2007 fraud convictions in U.S.

Conrad Black

Conrad Black

Hollinger was the publisher of a number of papers throughout the world, including The Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun-Times and The Jerusalem Post, as well as hundreds of smaller community newspapers, according to Deadline.

Black, 74, spent nearly 3½ years in a Florida prison before being released and deported back to Canada.

In this January 13, 2011 photo, Conrad Black arrives at the federal building in Chicago.

The statement described Black - who wrote a book entitled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other" - as an "entrepreneur and scholar" who "has made tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought".

Mr Trump rang the 74-year-old Canadian-born British citizen to inform him of the pardon last week, with the president saying it would "expunge the bad wrap you got".

Writing in Canada's National Post on Thursday, Lord Black spoke of the phone call in which Mr Trump gave him the news.

He called it a long ordeal that was "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges, all fanned by an unusually frenzied worldwide media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner".

In response to the December 2015 tweet, Lord Black wrote: "Many thanks, Donald and all good wishes in helping to clean up the American government".

The former media mogul was convicted of defrauding investors. Black served almost 42 months in prison after he was convicted.

Earlier this month, Trump pardoned Michael Behenna, a former soldier who had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone by a military court.

Examples of his work cited by the White House include biographies of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.

"Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character", the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon.

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