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Suspect in Anthony Smith murder appears in court

Anthony Smith Rob Ford King Street West
Police investigate the double shooting on King Street West, near Portland Street on March 28, 2013. . Gord Edick / Global News

TORONTO – A man accused of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Smith will appear in court twice this week.

Nisar Hashimi, 23, appeared briefly in court Tuesday and was remanded into custody until Thursday, when he will appear again at a different Toronto courthouse.

Smith was shot to death outside a downtown Toronto nightclub on March 28 and Hashimi was arrested in April.

His death received extra attention after an image of Ford with his arm around a man believed to be Smith circulated along with reports that drug dealers were trying to sell an alleged video that appears to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Ford has denied his picture with Smith indicates he has ties to drug dealers, saying he takes pictures with everyone.

Mayor Rob Ford has called the allegations “ridiculous” and according to his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, said the allegations were “untrue.”

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The mayor also denied using crack cocaine at a press conference a week after the allegations originally surfaced.

Global News has not seen the alleged video and cannot verify its authenticity.

Hanad Mohamed, 23, is also facing first-degree murder charges in Smith’s death and is set to appear in court July 26 via video link.