TORONTO — A superior court will soon determine whether to release the names and information of people who police say were associating with an alleged drug-dealing friend of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Lawyers for the Toronto Sun and other media outlets appeared before Justice Ian Nordheimer to seek access to information police used to obtain search warrants in the recent arrest of Alexander "Sandro" Lisi.
Lisi was arrested Oct. 1 and charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to traffic marijuana. He is charged along with dry cleaner Jamshid Bahrami. Both are free on bail.
Federal Crown lawyer Tom Andreopoulos asked for a week to review 500 pages of search warrant information and to conceal certain portions, such as confidential informants' information and sensitive police investigative techniques.
Andreopoulos said the major issue is whether the documents will violate the privacy rights of innocent people — those who police say are interacting with Lisi, but aren't charged in the investigation.
"Privacy is an important value in our society, but does it reign over the right of the public to know? What's the public interest in this?" said Andreopoulos.