National Post (National Edition)

TRUMP PARDONS PAIR OF HOLLINGER EXECUTIVES

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U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned two of the men who were convicted of fraud alongside Conrad Black, the founder of the National Post and former head of the Hollinger Internatio­nal Inc. media group. John Boultbee and Peter Atkinson were both executives of Hollinger Inc., a media company that was, at its height, one of the largest in the world, including newspapers in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Boultbee was Hollinger's chief financial officer and Atkinson its vice president. In 2007, they, along with Black, were convicted of fraud in the U.S. in connection with a scheme that involved paying themselves bonuses from Hollinger Internatio­nal earnings, cheating shareholde­rs and American and Canadian tax authoritie­s. Trump pardoned Black in May 2019. The White House press release announcing the Boultbee and Atkinson pardons on Wednesday noted they were pardoned with the “support of Lord Black.”

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