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todashev-ibragim father sues FBI

The father of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is suing the FBI after they shot Todashev to death during an FBI interrogation back in May.

FBI officials justified the shooting by claiming Todashev attacked them during questioning. It was later revealed that the 27-year-old was unarmed during the incident, though officials said he was wielding a knife.

Now his father Abdulbaki Todashev, a municipal official from the Russian region of Chechnya, has arrived in the U.S. to get to the bottom of his son’s death, which has been clouded in mystery.

According to Time Magazine:

Todashev arrived in Tampa, in Florida, with a black briefcase of photographs — the evidence he plans to use in suing the FBI for the wrongful death of his son. The case would be a long shot, in part because Todashev speaks little English, cannot afford a lawyer and only has a U.S. tourist visa glued into his Russian passport. What he does have is the help of two U.S. rights organizations — including the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU — and the determination of a grieving father from a region where blood feuds run deep.

After the incident, the FBI did open an investigation of their own, but not much has come of it.

The FBI, which has opened an internal investigation into the killing, has done little to explain how it went down. In a statement on the day of Ibragim’s death, the FBI’s Boston division said he had “initiated a violent confrontation” with the officers who had been questioning him. A week later, the FBI said in another statement that the death would be investigated by the Shooting Incident Review Group, which includes officials from the FBI and the Department of Justice. While that probe is ongoing, the bureau said, it cannot comment on the details of the case. On July 16, a Florida medical examiner said the FBI had blocked the release of Ibragim’s autopsy report pending the agency’s investigation.

We hope Mr. Todashev gets the answers he’s looking for.


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