MIAMI - Disgraced former press baron Conrad Black was released from a Florida prison on Friday after ending his sentence but he was immediately taken into custody by US immigration officials.

"He is in ICE custody," said Nestor Yglesias, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Yglesias declined to elaborate but spoke after a vehicle believed to be carrying the 67-year-old Black was spotted by photographers at about 8:20 a.m. EDT leaving the low security Federal Correctional Institution in Miami, where he was serving his sentence.

His release from the facility Friday morning had been widely expected but authorities had previously indicated he would also face deportation from the United States after he was freed.

A US judge in June re-sentenced Black, a Canadian-born British citizen and member of Britain's House of Lords, to another 13 months in prison on top of the 29 months he had already served for his 2007 conviction for fraud and obstruction of justice.

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