Black's Fate Now in Jury's Hands

28 June 2007

CHICAGO: The fate of Lord Conrad Black of Crossharbour, the former newspaper magnate who renounced his Canadian citizenship for the dubious distinction of a British peerage, now rests with a Chicago jury.

In the final act of a courtroom drama that has run for three months, the twelve-strong jury will decide whether Black and his three co-defendants between them stole $60 million (€44.67m; £30.05m) from Hollinger International - the publicly-listed company over which His Lordship formerly presided as chairman and chief executive officer.

He is charged on fifteen counts of fraud plus separate charges of racketeering and obstruction of justice. If found guilty he faces the rest of his life in prison and fines of many millions of dollars.

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