(Reuters) — Canada has canceled two prestigious honors for Conrad Black, who once ran a newspaper empire stretching from the Chicago Sun-Times to Britain’s Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post but who ended up in U.S. prison for fraud.
It also removed him from the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, ostensibly a group of cabinet ministers and other prominent Canadians appointed to advise Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state, though for distinguished individuals outside of the cabinet it is mainly a mark of honor.
He was found guilty in 2007 of scheming with business partner David Radler and other executives to siphon off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers as they unwound Hollinger International.
Two of his three fraud convictions were later voided, his sentence was shortened and he was released in May 2012 after having served 37 months.
The announcement of the decisions on the two honors was made by Governor General David Johnston, the queen’s representative in Canada. Johnston made the announcement in a short statement that did not elaborate on the reasons for the decisions or for the timing.