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Rob Ford: Judge orders release of Lisi search documents

11/13/2013 01:50 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered the release of previously censored information police used to obtain  a search warrant for Alexander Lisi, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's friend and occasional driver also known as Sandro.

Details about the information could be made public as early as Wednesday afternoon.

The documents, which are called information to obtain (ITOs), were presented by police to a judge in their effort to obtain a search warrant in their investigation of Lisi on drug charges.

On Oct. 30, a judge ordered the release of about 500 pages of the ITOs.

About half those pages were censored, but the unredacted information included police surveillance information showing Ford in secret meetings with Lisi.

The information also showed the two men made multiple phone calls to each other in mid-May, when news broke that journalists from The Toronto Star and Gawker had reported viewing a video that appears to show Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Justice Ian Nordheimer's order issued Wednesday effectively removes redactions from the ITOs, which means more explosive information about the mayor's behaviour could be made public.

Media lawyers, including those working for the CBC, had argued the documents contained information that was in the public interest.

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