Former media magnate Conrad Black will be taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today prior to his release from a Florida prison, the agency has confirmed to CBC News.
The Montreal-born Black, 67, is not a U.S. citizen and will be required to leave the United States after his release, which is anticipated on Friday, according to a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
He will be transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami to an immigration detention facility, which is standard practice for non-U.S. citizens.
Black will then be removed from the country, according to CBC's David Common.
While Black has a temporary resident permit from Canada, he is a British citizen, so could be sent to the U.K. He was recently granted the temporary resident permit by the Harper government after renouncing his Canadian citizenship more than a decade ago.
While the prospect of Black returning to Canada has stirred controversy — and criticism from the NDP, not everyone wants to roll up the welcome mat on Black Friday.
"Should we keep him out because he is a rich, white guy?" a reader on the CBC's website wrote in response to news of the pending reunion.
"He has paid his debt to society. He has the money to pay his own way, he is unlikely to reoffend and he can write a good news article …. Welcome home Conrad."
Black was sentenced to 78 months in prison in 2007 for an alleged multi-million-dollar fraud scheme involving his company Hollinger Inc., a Canadian-based media firm which owned newspapers in the United States. After serving 29 months of his original sentence, Black was released from Florida's Coleman Federal Correctional Complex after the U.S. Supreme Court overruled his conviction citing a misuse of the "honest services" provision in the fraud statute.
Last June, Black was convicted on fraud and obstruction of justice charges. The court agreed to apply his prior time served to his new sentence. He was admitted to the low security Federal Correctional Institution in September to serve the rest of his term.
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