Many questions left unanswered in Ford probe

Mayor Rob Ford in council chambers in on April 3, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI AGENCY)

Mayor Rob Ford in council chambers in on April 3, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI AGENCY)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

TORONTO -- It was a day that dawned with the shocking news that the OPP were actually backing off their probe of Mayor Rob Ford.

He and his bro were already celebrating -- ding, dong, the mayor is cleared! -- when the damned media once again rained on the Brothers Ford parade. The dogged fight for the release of court documents in this sordid saga resulted in the last reveal -- and it was yet another explosive dump of damaging information:

Allegations that Ford knows "a few dirty cops."

Claims by convicted drug trafficker Elena Basso that she's got "Rob's people and cops coming every f---ing day" since news hit the papers about the crack video filmed at her home.

Her amusing description of the mayor as a "big, f---ing idiot" and a warning that they're all going to feel the "heat" now because "he's got the power" and "you know it's going to go down, he's the f-----n' Mayor of Toronto."

Intercepts in which alleged Dixon Rd. gangsters say Lisi warned their block was "dead" if they didn't hand over the crack video.

None of these newly released allegations in the police search warrant request have been tested in court but they certainly add more fuel to a fire that Ford was hoping had sputtered out.

Should we really take the word of an alleged gangbanger that the mayor of the city has certain local cops in his pocket and at his beck and call? That's certainly a startling claim, but no one is going to hang their hat on that one. And what about Lisi allegedly threatening Armageddon on Dixon if they didn't cough up the incriminating video of his very good friend -- are we to really believe he was acting on his own?

Charges or not, these revelations are yet another reminder -- if people still need one -- that many, many disturbing questions remain about the secret life of this city's scandalous mayor.


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