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Pre-trial date set for Lisi on drug & extortion charges

Sandro Lisi leaves Old City Hall court after being granted bail in Toronto on Oct. 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s friend and former part-time driver, Sandro Lisi, was back in court on Wednesday on two separate cases resulting in drug and extortion charges.

He will next appear in court on May 13 for a joint pre-trial with his co-accused, Jamshid Bahrami.

Bahrami is charged with possession of cocaine, three counts of trafficking marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Lisi is out on bail after being arrested and charged in October with four drug offences, including trafficking marijuana.

The drug charges are in connection with Project Brazen 2 — a Toronto police investigation into reports of a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

On Oct. 31, Lisi was charged with extortion in relation to the so-called crack video. Lisi is accused of threatening two men while trying to obtain the video.

Since he’s been charged, Lisi has been spotted with the mayor at the Steak Queen restaurant, where Ford was filmed ranting in a Jamaican accent in January.

The Toronto Star also claims Ford assaulted Lisi earlier in May, when the mayor was allegedly filmed smoking from a copper pipe at the home of his sister, Kathy Ford.