Former media tycoon Conrad Black has lost his bid for a hearing to decide whether he can remain an Officer of the Order of Canada, the Federal Court has ruled.
In July 2011, Black was told that there may be reasonable grounds for an advisory council to revoke his Order of Canada status after he was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in the U.S. He served 37 months in a Florida prison and returned to his home in Toronto in May after he was granted a temporary resident permit.
Black argued that he wants the opportunity to address the advisory board to demonstrate there are "substantial grounds to show that the conduct of the foreign prosecutors and state have not been appropriate or fair," Black wrote in a letter.
The Federal Court declined.
"I fail to see how Mr. Black could use an oral hearing to establish that he did nothing wrong, legally or morally, without by necessity attempting to relitigate the decisions of the U.S. courts," Justice Yves de Montigny wrote in the decision.
Black, 68, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990. He forfeited his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to become a member of the British House of Lords.
Black was convicted in 2007 for embezzling money at his Chicago-based Hollinger newspaper empire.
Earlier this month, Black was fined $6.1 million by a U.S. district court for violating securities laws there.