Trump pardons convicted fraudster Conrad Black

Former media baron Conrad Black is shown at the University Club in Toronto on Tuesday

Former media baron Conrad Black is shown at the University Club in Toronto on Tuesday

Former media mogul Conrad Black said the American justice system is "frequently and largely evil" after being granted a pardon from USA president Donald Trump.

Lord Black, born in Montreal, Canada, was the former head of Hollinger International, which once owned the Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun-Times, Jerusalem Post and hundreds of community papers in the USA and Canada.

In 2007, Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one of obstruction of justice in a Chicago court and sentenced to six and a half years in jail - more than twice the sentence handed to David Radler, his longtime partner who agreed to testify for the prosecution.

Black - who gave up his Canadian citizenship when he became a member of Britain's House of Lords - was deported from the U.S. in 2012 after being released from a Florida prison.

Black said in the article that he had not spoken to Trump since the President had taken office and that when his assistant put a call through from the White House, he first thought it was a prank.

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

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"My long ordeal with the US justice system 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 global media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner", he wrote. It named Sir Elton John and former USA secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, as among his supporters. The statement also noted that Black is "the author of several notable biographies", but didn't mention the glowing book Black published about Trump a year ago.

Nolan has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform since he spent more than two years in federal prison during the 1990s. "As one of the truly great intellects & my friend, I won't forget!"

President Donald Trump used his power of pardon to clear Conrad Black.

He continues to write columns for the National Post.

A year ago he issued a pardon to conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted in 2014 of violating campaign finance laws. Trump gave him permission to say the motivation for the pardon was an unjust verdict. "Nor has any of the supportive things you've said and written about me".

Black had emailed the real estate mogul earlier, and solicited "a rather esoteric favour" from Trump.

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