Bail hearing for media mogul Black

Former media mogul Conrad Black is not expected to attend his bail hearing in Chicago, the US Attorney's office said today.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement that Black is not required to attend tomorrow's proceedings and probably will not.

The hearing is set for 8.45am local time (2.45pm Irish time) before US District Judge Amy St Eve.

Former Daily Telegraph chief Black is in a federal prison in Florida.

An appellate court granted Black bail yesterday, weeks after the US Supreme Court weakened the "honest services" fraud law that was the basis of his 2007 fraud conviction and kicked his case back to the lower court.

Black was convicted along with three other former Hollinger International executives of swindling the media empire's shareholders out of $6.1m (€4.7m).

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