Conrad Black, former media mogul, pardoned by Donald Trump

16 Mai, 2019, 05:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Conrad Black has been granted a full pardon by U.S. President Donald Trump

Lord Conrad Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph, has received a full pardon from President Donald Trump.

It said Black had made "tremendous contributions to business", had written books on history and served as a tutor while in prison. He had originally been sentenced to 78 months in jail, but had his sentence reduced after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down several of his initial convictions.

Black, 74, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an worldwide newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain's Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post.

"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 Wednesday in a statement announcing the pardon.

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He renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 so that he could become a British Lord.

Black has remained steadfast in declaring his innocence on all of the USA charges and in his belief that he was subjected to unfair prosecution in the United States.

The statement continued on: "This impressive list includes former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Sir Elton John, Rush Limbaugh, the late William F. Buckley, Jr., and many additional notable individuals".

He has been living in Toronto since 2012.

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