According to the White House, US President Donald Trump pardoned former newspaper magnate Conrad Black, who is convicted of fraud.
A canadian of British origin, was released on bail upon appeal (Black served 29 months in prison). Then he was convicted again and served another seven months in prison, after which he was finally released and returned to Canada.
Black was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice, although the US Supreme Court subsequently dropped most of the charges.
According to the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, “Black has made tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought.” She noted that Black is the author of famous biographies of Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, the full history of Canada and other historical works.
In the past, Black controlled Hollinger International, a media holding that owned the Daily Telegraph in London and most of the largest newspapers in Australia and Canada, as well as hundreds of small newspapers in North America.