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THE father of a man shot to death by authorities in Florida while being questioned during the Boston Marathon bombing investigation has written
President Barack Obama asking for help finding out what happened.
Abdulbaki Todashev says in his letter that son Ibragim Todashev, 27, knew dead marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev through boxing but had no connection
to the bombing or any other crime. He says his son voluntarily went to an FBI office in Orlando to speak with FBI agents four times before they showed
up at his apartment May 22.
Attorney Barry Cohen said Monday the elder Todashev fears a cover-up and is writing to Obama one father to another to make sure that doesn't happen.
He is asking Obama to ensure authorities do not interfere with the investigation
Abdul-Baki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev, the Tamerlan Tsarnaev associate shot to death in his Orlando, Fla., apartment by a FBI agent in
the company of two Massachusetts State Troopers in May, has released an open letter to President Obama calling for justice.
His letter includes photos of the bloodied Orlando apartment taken about a week and half after Ibragim was killed, images of his bullet-ridden body,
and a photo of his knee following a surgery he had in March.
Federal prosecutors have officially stated the government’s contention that Todashev implicated Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a 2011 triple murder in
Waltham. Anonymous FBI sources also told reporters that Todashev implicated himself in those murders, along with conflicting reports about how
In the letter, Abdul-Baki Todashev accuses FBI agents of deliberately killing and torturing his son (citing bruise marks near his left eye) and
threatening and deporting his son’s acquaintances. Todashev asks the president to ensure that the FBI does not interfere with the independent
investigation into his son’s death.
Earlier this year, Todashev’s live-in girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva, was arrested and deported to Moscow. ICE officials told her she was deported for
giving Boston magazine an interview. At the time of the interview, she was granted deferred action by ICE. It is unclear what the terms of her
deferred action were. Ashurmamad Miraliev, a friend of Todashev, was denied repeated requests to an attorney during a six-hour interrogation with the
FBI after his arrest according to the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Abdul-Baki Todashev states in the letter:
“Did my son know that he had the right to remain silent or did he have rights at all, including the right to live? Being a citizen of another
country he might not be aware of the laws as he was only 27 years old and wanted to live so much. No, they left no chances for him inflicting 13
gunshot wounds and multiple hematomas on his body. After what FBI agents have done to him whatever excuses they come up with nobody would believe them
because my son is dead and cannot talk for himself. They did it deliberately so that he can never speak and never take part in court hearings. They
put pressure on my son’s friends to prevent them from coming to the court and speaking the truth.
I rely on you, Mr. President, and hope that the prosecutor’s office and the court do not let the agencies conducting internal investigation on this
case prevent the truth from coming to light so that at least some part of our grief, caused by the murder of our son, is relieved, and that the
murderers stand trial instead of sit in their desk chairs.”
edit on 30-12-2013 by CaptainBeno because: link fixed
30-12-2013 by CaptainBeno because: (no reason given)