Several people arrested in the infamous Project Traveller police raids — which led to the investigation of Mayor Rob Ford and his friend Sandro Lisi — are no longer charged, the Crown announced on Monday.
Notably, Mohammed Farah, the man who tried to broker the sale of the video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, has had all charges withdrawn.
The Project Traveller arrests were made in pre-dawn raids on an apartment complex in Rexdale. The raids netted 19 arrests, including some in Windsor, and inspired police to look into Ford and Lisi's connection to gangs.
In the raids, police found a video file of Ford apparently smoking crack. Farah claimed to CBC News to be involved in the sale of that video to several media outlets, though it was never actually sold.
Charges against Nicholas Obeng, Muhideen Jama and Halima Said were also withdrawn by the Crown.
The Crown said it withdraws charges on two occasions:
- if there is no reasonable prospect of conviction.
- or if it is not in the public interest to proceed.
The Crown did not specify which reason it was withdrawing charges, but did note "that prior to the withdrawal of the charges, a number of the accused completed community service hours and made charitable donations."
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