Canada 'to give residency' to ex-mogul Conrad Black

Conrad Black, shown on Friday in Chicago Black's empire once included the Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun-Times

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Disgraced former media mogul Conrad Black will be allowed to live in Canada after he finishes a prison term in the US, Canadian government sources say.

Black will be granted a one-year temporary residence permit, even though he gave up his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to accept a peerage in Britain's House of Lords.

Black, aged 67, is serving a sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice in a prison in Miami, Florida.

He is expected to be freed this week.

However, Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is declining to publicly comment on the issue.

Black was sentenced to 78 months in jail in 2007 for defrauding shareholders in media holding company Hollinger of $6.1m (£3.8m) but freed in 2010 after the US Supreme Court court found an anti-corruption law unconstitutional.

Last June, a US district judge resentenced Black to 42 months in prison for fraud and obstruction. But he is now serving 13 months because of time already served.

Black once controlled a media empire that included the Daily Telegraph in the UK, the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers in the US and Canada.

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