High-profile Sandro Lisi extortion case begins with preliminary hearing at Old City Hall.
The preliminary hearing into the extortion court case against Rob Ford’s friend and former driver Sandro Lisi begins this morning.
Lisi is accused of extorting two men in connection to the Rob Ford crack video. He allegedly threatened to kill both them and members of their community.
Preliminary hearings set out the parameters for criminal trials. It is expected that Lisi’s hearing will be placed under a publication ban, which is typical.
Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) has been subpoenaed as a potential witness in the case. The former mayor is vacationing in Jamaica at the moment. If he is called to the stand, it could be on April 13. Thus far, Ford has refused to co-operate with the police. However, legal experts say Ford can’t be prosecuted for any incriminatory evidence he may give as a witness.
The high-profile court case in room 123 of Old City Hall comes against an increasingly bizarre backdrop. In the past couple of weeks, Ford has taken to auctioning “memorabilia” on eBay, some of which is associated with his crack infamy. Included among the items are the football tie he wore when he admitted to smoking crack, and the sweater he wore in a famous photo with the late Anthony Smith.
News also recently emerged that Lisi was offered a tell-all book deal worth $500,000 before it was taken off the table. Ford claimed in a radio interview not to be concerned, and that he has no secrets to hide.
Read the ITO documents below for more details regarding the case.