ITO involves death threats and suggestions the mayor knows some dirty cops.
Released from a publication ban today, new details in the Project Brazen 2 ITO (none of which have been proven in court) reveal alleged wiretapped threats made by Ford friend Sandro Lisi—who is charged with extortion—and a north Etobicoke community fearful of retribution.
Elena Basso, a Ford friend who lives at 15 Windsor Road, the crack house where the video was shot, bemoaned Mohamed Siad’s decision to shoot the video: “He’s the fucking mayor of Toronto,” said Basso in a telephone conversation on May 19. “We’re going to feel the heat.”
Basso, who was present when the video was shot on February 17, was concerned about the consistent visits to 15 Windsor Road from police and “Ford’s people” in the days after the Ford video was made public. She said of Siad: he “fucked my business up; he fucked everybody.”
Siad was warned about the kind of retribution he could expect. In one conversation, he was told that the mayor “knows a few dirty cops and other people,” and in another, he was cautioned “not to play with his life.” Siad’s fellow gang member Liban Siyad says that in one conversation, Sandro Lisi threatened Juiceman, an individual who frequently exchanged texts with Rob Ford’s driver and exchanged the mayor’s cellphone for a quantity of marijuana in April: “You’re fucking dead and everybody on your block is dead.”
The documents also reveal how some of the people who know Ford best see the mayor. Elena “Princess” Basso, who has convictions for prostitution and drug trafficking, had this to say about him: “To be fair, I told you guys, Rob Ford is a big fucking idiot anyways.”
When the latest ITO was released, Rob and Doug Ford left the council chamber and avoided any questions. This came hours after news broke that the OPP had stepped back from the TPS’ ongoing investigation into Project Brazen 2, and Ford had told reporters at City Hall: “I know I did nothing wrong. I knew the day was going to come that I’d be cleared, and I guess today’s the day.”