By David Filipov, Boston Globe
MAKHACHKALA, Russia — The father of a Chechen man fatally shot in May by a Boston FBI agent said Saturday that he is planning to travel to the United States, hoping to get answers from authorities about a case that has been shrouded in a thick cloak of secrecy.
Abdulbaki Todashev said he planned to appeal to human rights organizations and to authorities in Florida and Massachusetts to conduct their own investigations into the shooting of Ibragim Todashev in his Orlando, Fla., apartment during an interrogation connected to suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The father said he was frustrated by the bureau’s refusal to allow Florida medical examiners to release an autopsy report completed in early July. Todashev, who believes agents intentionally killed his son, said he feared the FBI would somehow tamper with the results.
The American Civil Liberties Union had urged the states to investigate, arguing that police from both states were present during the fatal shooting. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has also called for an independent inquiry, saying in a letter to the Justice Department in June: “It seems unlikely that the agents were justified in using deadly force against a single unarmed suspect.” (Read the full article)