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Rob Ford's friend search warrant documents to be released

10/31/2013 07:07 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
About 300 pages of information used by police to obtain a search warrant for Alessandro (Sandro) Lisi, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's friend and occasional driver, will be released this morning.

The move will come a day after an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the release of select portions of the information used to obtain the search warrant leading up to Lisi's arrest.

Another 170 pages deemed too sensitive will remain sealed when the 300 pages are released Thursday, though media lawyers will be challenging that over the next two weeks.

During days of arguments, media lawyers opposed attempts to redact from the documents the names of so-called "third parties" — individuals who are associates of Lisi but who were not charged.

Earlier this month, Lisi — described by Ford as a friend — was arrested at a Toronto strip mall and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Ford was asked Wednesday if he expects that the documents will name him.

"I can't comment on anything before the courts," he said.

Ford's relationship with Lisi and other associates has been at issue since the spring, when the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker reported that someone tried to sell them a video that allegedly shows Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Ford has denied the video exists and has said he does not use crack cocaine.  

It was learned last week that Ford wrote a character reference for Lisi, who previously was convicted for threatening to kill his girlfriend.

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