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Black delays arraignment on criminal fraud charges until Nov. 30

[JURIST] Conrad Black [CBC profile], the media tycoon and former chairman of Hollinger International recently indicted on criminal fraud charges [JURIST report] failed to appear for his arraignment in a Chicago courtroom Tuesday. The arraignment was delayed until November 30 [Reuters report] after Black's lawyers requested additional time from prosecutors Monday evening. Last week, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald [official profile] said that he would commence extradition proceedings if the Canadian-born Black, now holding British citizenship but still residing in Canada, failed to appear, but the government's lead attorney on the case, Assistant US Attorney Robert Kent announced Tuesday he would not seek extradition unless Black fails to appear on November 30, adding "We have arrest warrants in our possession. Hopefully we will not need to execute them." The charges against Black and three other Hollinger executives relate to the $2.1 billion sale of several hundred Canadian newspapers and alleged abuse of corporate perquisites at Hollinger. Canada's CTV News has more.

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