Man Who Showed Reporters Alleged Toronto Mayor Crack Video Jailed

AP

Over a month after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford firmly denied the existence of a video that allegedly showed him smoking crack cocaine, the Toronto Star reported on Friday that one of the men who tried to sell the alleged video was being kept in segregation and had been stabbed in jail following his arrest in a police raid.

Mohamed Siad, an alleged drug and gun dealer, showed two Star reporters the video in the back of a car in May. Siad was arrested in his home during a raid on the Dixon City Bloods gang on June 13 known as Project Traveller, according to the Star, and it’s unclear whether police could have recovered the alleged video in the raid.

The Star reporters recognized Siad in court, where he appeared on a video link-up and complained about being held in segregation at the jail. Siad had been stabbed multiple times a few days after his arrival, according to the newspaper.

A Ministry of Corrections spokesman confirmed to the Star that an inmate was injured in an incident that took place in the jail on June 15, but would not release the victim’s name pending an ongoing investigation.

UPDATE: The Toronto Sun, citing anonymous sources, reported that Siad was attempting to cut a deal with the prosecution to turn in the tape in exchange for a plea bargain. According to the sources, the prosecution refused the deal because they felt they couldn’t corroborate that Ford was actually smoking crack in the video. It isn’t clear if the video still exists, or who has possession of it.

 

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