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Civil right groups urge independent probe into FBI killing of Todashev

27th Jun 2013

Civil right groups urges independent probe into FBI killing of Todashev


[Abdulbaki Todashev holds the autopsy photos of his sons bullet ridden body]



By Elham Asaad Buaras


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has joined the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) in its demand that the FBI release details of the shooting of Ibrahim Todashev.


The FBI has refused to reveal details of how its agents came to shoot the 27-year-old Chechen in his Orlando, Florida, apartment on May 22  including confirming whether or not he had a weapon.


FBI agents gunned Todashev just hours after interviewing him about his friendship with one of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.


ACLU Senior Policy Counsel, Michael German, called for an independent and transparent investigation on “this story that  has changed.”


German also slammed the FBI for leaking allegations that Todashev was in the process of confessing to an unsolved 2011 triple murder in Waltham. “Those types of accusations are easy to make,” German said. “The longer that it takes for these details to be released, the more concern develops and the less good faith there is in whatever story eventually comes out from the FBI,” German added.


Todashev’s friends and family have called for an independent investigation of the shooting, as has CAIR.


Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Ibragim’s father Abdulbaki Todashev said that US officials have failed to provide him with any information about the death of his son


“I want justice. I want an investigation They come to your house like bandits, and they shoot you,” he said.


He said his son had been planning to return to Chechnya, but apparently the FBI did not want him to return.


“Maybe my son knew some sort of information that the police didn’t want to get out,” he said. “They shut him up. That’s my opinion.”


CAIR asked the Department of Justice for an investigation separate from the FBI investigation into the shooting to determine whether the FBI violated Todashev’s civil rights.

The FBI said: “It takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such, we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally.”


When the Russian embassy in Washington learned of Todashev’s shooting, it asked the US Government for the relevant documentation, including the autopsy report as well as information about the firearms used in the incident. The autopsy report has remained sealed, and an FBI spokesman said that no documents relating to the case would be provided to Russia until the FBI completes its investigation.


The FBI’s refusal to provide details on the shooting contrasts sharply with previous shootings involving its agents.


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