Charges have been withdrawn against several people arrested in the infamous Project Traveller police raids, which led to the investigation of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his friend Sandro Lisi.
Notably, Mohammed Farah, 34, the man who tried to broker the sale of the video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, has had all charges withdrawn. He was facing five charges including possession of proceeds of a crime.
Farah was arrested in Project Traveller's pre-dawn raids on an apartment complex in Rexdale. The raids netted 19 arrests, including Farah.
The Project Traveller investigation lasted a year and resulted in more than 4o arrests, including some in Windsor, and resulted in police looking into Ford and Lisi's connection to gangs.
In the raids, police found a video file of Ford apparently smoking crack. Farah claimed to CBC News to be involved in the sale of that video to several media outlets, though it was never actually sold.
Charges against Nicholas Obeng, Muhideen Jama and Halima Said were also withdrawn by the Crown.
The Crown said it withdraws charges on two occasions:
- If there is no reasonable prospect of conviction.
- If it is not in the public interest to proceed.
The Crown did not specify which reason it was withdrawing charges, but did note "that prior to the withdrawal of the charges, a number of the accused completed community service hours and made charitable donations."