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Project Traveller warrants too sensitive for public, court hears

09/12/2013 11:36 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST
A court fight by the CBC and seven media organizations to unseal search warrants tied to this spring’s police raids in Toronto has quickly become bogged down.

Lawyers for seven people arrested in June as part of Project Traveller appeared in court this morning demanding they be allowed to take part.

They argue sensitive police affidavits used to get search warrants should not be released to the public for fear the details will be published, and could taint potential jurors at a trial.

One of the defence lawyers asking to intervene represents Monir Kassim, one of the men who appeared in a now infamous photo along side Mayor Rob Ford.

Media outlets are asking for access to the search warrants to see whether there is any police evidence that Ford has associations with members of the Dixon City Bloods gang.

The Crown argues the warrant materials should not be made public because they contain police surveillance obtained through electronic interceptions.

The Crown today revealed there are 36 packets of sealed documents, including more than 2,500 pages from more than 40 sealed warrants.

Prosecutor Jeff Levy is asking for three to six months to allow time to review and redact information about wiretaps and more than two dozen confidential informants to then supply them to lawyers. Only then, Levy says, should all parties return to court to begin arguments about what should or should not be released to the media and public.

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