Black bailed until November

20-07-2007

Black bailed until November
Disgraced press baron Conrad Black has been granted bail until November by a US judge.

But as a condition of the $21 million (£10.2 million) bail, the 62-year-old has had strict travel restrictions imposed upon him.

Lord Black will not be able to leave the Chicago and Palm Beach, Florida, areas until he is sentenced for fraud and obstruction of justice charges on November 30th.

Last Friday the Canadian-born former newspaper tycoon was found guilty of charges relating to the theft of money from his media company Hollinger International.

His lawyers have already said an official appeal against the convictions, which carry a maximum sentence of 35 years, will be lodged.

Speaking before Judge Amy St Eve granted Lord Black's bail terms, prosecution lawyers had warned he could flee to Canada to fight extradition charges.

But Ms St Eve said there was "clear and convincing evidence" that this would not happen.

"That would be inconsistent with everything that I've seen and heard during the course of this trial. My concern is that he would decide to fight coming back [from Canada]," she said.

Under United States law Lord Black must serve at least 85 per cent of any jail term imposed.


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