Judge Seeks Black's Boxes

27 May 2005

They say the camera never lies.

Lord Conrad Black, former publisher of the UK's Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun Times, has been ignominiously caught by security surveillance cameras whilst removing boxes through the back door of Hollinger Incorporated's offices in downtown Toronto, Canada.

A judge has now ordered the boxes to be returned forthwith to the prestigious building that Black and his private company, Ravelston, were ordered to quit last month [WAMN: 18-Apr-05].

A spokesman for Black said: "These were personal effects that Conrad believed he was entitled to remove in the course of moving out of his office." He added that the boxes will be returned.

The beleaguered peer, who was ceo of H-Inc until November last year and still has a controlling stake, is being sued by the holding company for alleged financial misconduct to the tune of C$636 million ($524m; €405m; £279m).

He is also pursued by the US Attorney's Office in Chicago and faces civil fraud charges filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The SEC alleges Black and his henchman David Radler diverted $85m into their own pockets from the coffers of newspaper publisher Hollinger International, of which Black was also ceo until 2003. Both men deny any wrongdoing and insist the payments were authorized by the H-Intl board.

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff