Hollinger Inc. Sells Stake in Costa Rica Daily For $2 Million

By: E&P Staff Hollinger Inc., the Toronto-based holding company Conrad Black once used to control his former newspaper empire, said Monday it has agreed to sell its stake in the publisher of the Costa Rican paper La Republica for $2 million in cash.

The sale to SRB CR Limitada, a Costa Rican corporation, is expected to close in late May, Hollinger Inc. said.

La Republica was the only Latin American paper ever owned by one of Black's several entities, which at the height of his empire-building published papers in North America, Europe and Israel. The clouded ownership of the paper was detailed by E&P in a March 5, 2004 column.

Hollinger's principal asset is its approximately 70.1% voting and 19.7% equity interest in Sun-Times Media Group Inc. (STMG), formerly known Hollinger International Inc. STMG publishes the Chicago Sun-Times and dozens of community newspapers in the Chicago market.

Black is on trial now in Chicago on federal criminal fraud charges. He and three other former top Hollinger International executives are accused of looting hundreds of millions from the sale of community newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.


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