BREAKING: An extortion charge against former Mayor Rob Ford’s driver Sandro Lisi has been dropped.
Lisi had faced the charge in relation to efforts made to get a video that apparently showed the Mayor smoking crack cocaine and was scheduled to stand trial in September.
While pleased with the outcome, Lisi’s lawyer, Domenic Basile, is still wondering why the people behind the video were never charged. “It was these other now-convicted drug dealers and gun traffickers that were trying to sell the video for hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Basile said. “Why weren’t they charged with extortion?”
A judge also lifted the publication ban on Thursday and that means the so called “crack video” can be released.
Lisi, agreed to a peace bond. Other conditions include maintaining good behavior and not having contact with certain individuals involved in his efforts to retrieve the video.
“Mr. Lisi, who was a very good friend of Mr. Rob Ford, (in this alleged extortion case) was trying to get the video back from people who were trying to sell it and extort Mr. Ford.” Basile added.
Last May, in a separate case, Lisi was acquitted of drug-related charges after a judge admonished the Crown for lack of evidence.
Ford, Toronto’s former Mayor, died earlier this year from a rare form of cancer.
With files from Sandy Salerno