Father of Slain Tsarnaev Friend Will Sue FBI

He wants to know the truth about Florida shooting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2013 12:01 AM CDT
Father of Slain Tsarnaev Friend Will Sue FBI
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo of his dead son Ibragim Todashev.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The father of the Chechen man shot dead by the FBI while being interviewed about his friendship with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says he plans to sue the agency—not for compensation, but for the truth about his son's death. Abdulbaki Todashev, father of 27-year-old Ibragim, has traveled from Chechnya to the US to get answers and he is being assisted by the ACLU, Time reports. Conflicting accounts about the death have appeared in the media, with some claiming Ibragim lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, a metal pole, or a broomstick, and others saying he was unarmed.

The FBI, which is conducting an internal investigation, "has offered completely incompatible explanations, they have failed to explain how these inconsistent stories found their way into newspaper accounts of the shootings, and have not offered any clarifying comment about what really happened," says an ACLU spokesman. Todashev says his son would have posed no real threat to the agents, because "he had just had surgery on his knee and was still walking with crutches," and says he had no connection to the Boston Marathon bombing or a triple murder he allegedly confessed to. (Read more Ibragim Todashev stories.)

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