Ex-media mogul Conrad Black back in Canada
Saturday, May 5, 2012
TORONTO (AP) — Former media mogul Conrad Black arrived in Canada on Friday and was spotted kissing his wife, playing with their dogs and roaming the grounds of his sprawling Toronto estate on Friday just hours after being released from U.S prison.
His wife, Barbara Amiel, later approached the front gates of the estate in Toronto’s posh Bridle Path neighborhood to collect her two dogs. She said it was difficult to comprehend the lost years but said she was very happy.
“It has not been easy. We’ll be fine,” Amiel said.
Black left a federal prison outside Miami early Friday after serving about three years for defrauding investors.
Black, whose empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London, The Jerusalem Post and small papers across the U.S. and Canada, had returned to prison last September to finish serving his sentence.
A former member of the British House of Lords, he had been sentenced to more than six years in prison after his 2007 conviction in Chicago, but had then been released on bail two years later to pursue an appeal that was partially successful. A judge reduced his sentence to three years and he returned to prison last September. With time off for good behavior, he has completed his sentence.
Despite the fact Black renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to accept a British peerage, the Canadian government granted his application for a one-year temporary resident permit, which allowed him to return to Canada.