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By Christopher Balogh, Orlando Weekly
On May 29, the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a press conference at an International Drive hotel to demand a private investigation of last week's deadly shooting of an Orlando man by an FBI agent. As has been widely reported, the FBI turned up at an apartment on Peregrine Drive in the early morning hours of May 22 to question Ibragim Todashev about his acquaintance with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. At some point during the questioning, an altercation took place -- reports from law-enforcement officials about what exactly happened are vague and conflicting -- and Todashev was shot to death by one of the agents.
Hassan Shibly, executive director for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa, says that he learned through anonymous "intermediary" sources that Todashev was unarmed when he was shot. "He was shot seven times and once in the head," Shibly said.
After the news conference, Khusen Taramov -- a friend of Todashev's who was at the apartment while the questioning was taking place -- showed photos of Todashev's body that he said were taken at an Orlando funeral home after the medical examiner's office released the body to Todashev's family.
Todashev's widow, Reniya Manukyan, was also at the press conference. Although the FBI insists Todashev confessed to taking part in the Sept. 11, 2011, murder of three men in Waltham, Mass. -- a crime that Tsarnaev has now been tied to -- she said she finds it difficult to believe her husband would ever have conspired with Tsarnaev to commit a violent act. In fact, the Council for American-Islamic Relations says it has proof that Todashev was not even in the Boston area on the date those killings took place. (Full article)