Friend of Boston bomb suspect 'executed' by FBI, says father
Family of Ibragim Todashev, shot dead by FBI during interview in Florida, say he was unarmed
THE FATHER of a Chechen man killed during an FBI interview in Florida last week over his friendship with deceased Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has accused US authorities of "executing" his son.
According to the FBI, during a visit to his home in Orlando, Florida, on May 22, Ibragim Todashev attacked an agent with a metal pole before being shot. But Todashev's father, Abdulbaki Todashev, says his son was "100% unarmed" and has demanded an investigation into his death.
The FBI had questioned Todashev, 27, numerous times since the Boston attack on 15 April about his friendship with Tsarnaev, who was killed four days after the bombing in a police shootout, and his involvement in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Todashev's family insist he and Tsarnaev only knew each other casually through an interest in martial arts and said Todashev had denied on numerous occasions any involvement in the Boston bombings.
However, an FBI agent told the New York Times that Todashev had confessed to his part in the Waltham murders, in which three victims were found with their throats slit and their bodies covered with marijuana and banknotes, and was in the process of signing a statement implicating Tsarnaev too.
According to the FBI, it was at this point that Todashev "exploded", throwing a table at the agent and running at him with a metal pipe. (Earlier FBI reports claimed Todashev was brandishing a knife.)
Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, Todashev's father said his son had been hit with seven bullets, one in the back of the head, when he was unarmed.
Holding up a picture apparently of Todashev's bullet-ridden body, his father said: "I want justice...These just aren't FBI agents – they're bandits."
The Guardian reports that Hassan Shibley, director of the Florida section of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his group had a source close to the FBI investigation who confirmed that Todashev was not armed.
The FBI said it was already in Orlando reviewing the case.