Conrad Black released from Florida prison

Former media magnate, Conrad Black, 67, has finally been released from a Florida prison Friday. Black’s release and Ottawa accepting to home the convict has created a lot of hype in the last few days. He just served over three years of sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice.

According to Nestor Yglesias, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Black was detained by the U.S. authorities immediately after his release. Black showed interest in returning back to Canada and live in Toronto with his wife, Barbara Amiel.

Black was born in Montreal but he gave up his citizenship in 2001 in order to become a British citizen. Nonetheless, authorities in Ottawa have granted him one-year temporary resident permit, allowing him to stay in the country till May next year.

In 2005, Black was charged with eight counts of mail fraud and wire fraud by U.S. prosecutors. He bought his freedom for $1.5 million but he wasn’t out for long. In 2007, he was convicted for several charges including money laundering and obstruction of justice and was sent to prison. He was again released on bail in 2010 but was sent back to prison within days. Black never pleaded guilty to any of the charges.

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