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Father of Ibragim Todashev says he has proof his son was executed by FBI

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 30th, 2013
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The father of a Chechen man who was killed by FBI agents last week says his son was unarmed when he was shot seven times. Abdul-Baki Todashev says his son, Ibragim Todashev, was executed.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, Abdul-Baki Todashev, father of the recently deceased Ibragim Todashev, said his son was shot seven times in an execution by FBI officials.

The FBI says the officers acted in self defense.

Ibragim Todashev was sought out for questioning regarding his relationship with Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnev. The two were known associates, although Abdul-Baki said they were not particularly close and only knew one another since meeting in 2011.

The FBI says the pair were linked by phone records.

Agents sent to question Ibragim Todashev say they found him in his home and spoke to him at length in his kitchen. During their questioning, Todashev allegedly confessed to his involvement in an unsolved triple homicide from September 2011. He said that Tamerlain Tsarnev actually committed the murders, and that the crime was a drug heist gone bad, and the victims were killed so they could not tell authorities who was stealing from them.

The victims had their throats slit and their bodies sprinkled with marijuana. Police recovered large amounts of cash on the scene.

During the questioning, Todashev allegedly became violent and attacked one of the FBI agents with a knife. That prompted other agents to shoot and kill Todashev.

Todashev was known for being a martial arts fighter.

One of the FBI agents did sustain non-life threatening cuts during the incident.

According to his father, Todashev was interrogated by five agents in his Florida home on May 22, when the shooting took place, and at least twice before. Although he was planning a trip back to Russia to visit his father, Todashev was told not to leave the country.

No charges were ever filed against Todashev and he was never arrested.

His father told reporters that the shot to the head confirms his suspicion that Todashev was executed.

"I'd only seen and heard things like that in the movies, they shoot somebody and then a shot in the head to make sure," Todashev told reporters. "These just aren't FBI agents, they're bandits," he concluded.

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