Toronto police are preparing to subpoena Mayor Rob Ford to testify in the extortion trial against his friend and accused drug dealer Sandro Lisi, Ford’s lawyer told the Toronto Star.

According to the newspaper, a meeting was arranged on Thursday to serve the mayor but was postponed when the media got wind of the meeting.

Ford’s lawyer told the Star it’s not a matter of if the mayor will get notice, but when.

Lisi’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 2.

He is facing extortion charges in connection to his alleged attempts to retrieve the video of Mayor Ford smoking crack with alleged gang members.

Lisi is also facing drug charges in a separate trial.

If the Crown decides to call Ford to the witness stand, he is obligated to testify under oath.