An advocacy group is demanding a civil rights investigation into the death of a Chechen immigrant who was shot to death by authorities in central Florida while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
The FBI has said that Ibragin Todashev, alleged friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed last week when an interrogation with agents at his Orlando home turned violent. But Abdul-Baki Todashev, the 27-year-old’s father, insists his son was murdered “execution style.” At a press conference in Moscow, the older Todashev displayed photos of his son’s dead body in the morgue that he said showed he was shot six times in the torso and once in the back of the head. Three FBI agents initially said Todashev had lunged at his interrogator with a knife, but after others insisted Todashev was completely unarmed, two of them walked back that claim.
"At a news conference in Moscow, the father of a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who was killed during FBI questioning accused agents of being ‘‘bandits’’ who executed his son.
Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son, Ibragim, in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head and the pictures were taken by his son’s friend, Khusen Taramov.
It was not immediately possible to authenticate the photographs.
The FBI says Todashev was being questioned by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers about his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as about a 2011 triple slaying in Massachusetts.
Three law enforcement officials said initially that Ibragim Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife, although two of them later said it was no longer clear what had happened.
The father said his son was ‘‘100 percent unarmed.’’'
Separately, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, according to his mother.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, walked without a wheelchair to speak to his mother last week for the first and only phone conversation they have had since he has been in custody.