Police investigation into Ford remains 'very active,' detective says
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Monday, February 3, 2014 2:48PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 3, 2014 4:10PM EST
A police investigation into the activities of Mayor Rob Ford remains “active” and “continuing,” according to the lead detective on the case.
Project Brazen 2 was launched in the fall after police became aware of a video that allegedly shows Ford smoking from a glass pipe while conducting a separate drugs and guns investigation in the Rexdale part of Etobicoke.
The spin-off investigation headed by Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux subsequently resulted in charges being laid against Ford’s friend Alessandro “Sandro” Lisi for his alleged efforts to recover the video by way of extortion.
Ford has not been charged with anything, though Giroux told CP24 on Monday that the mayor remains the focus of his investigation.
“My mandate is to investigate any criminality by the mayor or the mayor’s office and that is active and continuing,” he said. “That has always been my original mandate directed to me by senior command officers of the Toronto Police Service; to take the investigation in any direction that it goes involving criminality, the mayor and the mayor’s office.”
Giroux would not discuss details of the investigation into Ford with CP24 but he did say that it remains “very active” with a full complement of investigators assigned to the case.
“I still have all my investigators intact and we’re still conducting interviews,” he said.
As part of Project Brazen 2, police kept Ford and Lisi under surveillance for a number of months, observing a number of clandestine meetings between the two which were later described in court documents released to the media.
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