Donald Trump pardons former Canadian newspaper publisher Conrad Black

Black spent more than three years in prison, getting out in 2012, and was then deported to Canada and barred from entering the US for 30 years.

He was found guilty in the United States in 2007 of scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger Inc, where he was the chief executive and chairman.

Lord Conrad Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph, has received a full pardon from President Donald Trump. Their business dealings had intersected on a real estate transaction in Chicago when one of Black's companies, Hollinger International, sold the building that had housed the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper to Trump for a land-development deal.

Born in Montreal, Black gave up his Canadian citizenship in 2001 after a dispute with then-prime minister Jean Chretien over his nomination to Britain's House of Lords.

He said he initially thought he was being pranked when he was told he had a call from the White House, but he picked and heard Mr Trump ask: "Is that the great Lord Black?"

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"He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point: he was granting me a full pardon", wrote Black, who used much of the rest of the column to explain the case.

"The American criminal justice system is frequently and largely evil; I was convicted for attempted obstruction of injustice".

However, the pressure from shareholders would ultimately lead to a probe by an internal committee of directors, followed by investigations of Black's businesses by the U.S. Securities Commission and the Department of Justice, which culminated in criminal charges of fraud and obstruction of justice against him.

Lord Black was granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction in 2010, with two of the fraud counts against him overturned in October of that year. "He nevertheless spent 3.5 years in prison".

In the statement announcing the pardon, the White House referred to Black's "tremendous contributions to business" and his "exceptional character".

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