Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev, said during a news conference in Russia that his son was executed by the FBI to keep him from talking.
“I want justice, I want an investigation,” he said. “They come to your house like bandits, and they shoot you.”
“Maybe my son knew some sort of information that the police didn’t want to get out,” he added. “They shut him up. That’s my opinion.”
Ibragim Todashev was an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged terrorist who was killed in Watertown, Massachusetts, following the Boston Marathon bombing. On May 22, we reported that Todashev was killed by the FBI during interrogation in Florida.
Khusn Taramiv, a friend of Todashev, told WESH-TV in Orlando that Todashev felt he would be shot by the FBI. “He felt inside he was going to get shot,” Taramiv said. “I told him, ‘Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.”
The FBI initially claimed its agents had killed Todashev in self defense during questioning. On Wednesday, however, the agency said the Chechen was unarmed.
There is photographic evidence of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.