‘?100m paid to Black without papers being reviewed’

James R.
the former chairman of
Hollinger’s audit committee, has
testified that he approved more than ?100m in fees to
Conrad Black’s private
management company without ever reviewing a single piece of paper to support the

Thompson made this admission during cross-examination by lawyers for Black
who attempted to cast doubt over his leadership of the audit committee.

One lawyer accused Thompson and other audit committee members of trying to
salvage their reputations by testifying Black duped Hollinger’s board into
approving payments to himself and top executives.

Black and his co-defendants deny all charges of fraud and racketeering.

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