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.
“If there is a medical examiner’s report, do they have to report to the FBI?” Todashev said in a telephone interview from Moscow. “Does the FBI have the right to block the father from receiving it? What kind of conclusion will there be if the FBI is in charge of it?”
The FBI has divulged little information about what led the agent to shoot Ibragim Todashev, 27, except to allege that Todashev was shot after he initiated a violent altercation. Most descriptions of what happened have surfaced in conflicting press reports: that Todashev came at the interrogators with a blade, or with a broomstick, or that he was unarmed.
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