The father of a Chechen man killed while being interrogated over his ties to a Boston bombing suspect has accused the FBI of executing his son.
The FBI says Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot when he suddenly attacked an agent during questioning at his apartment in Miami last week .
Agents were questioning Mr Todashev over his connection to the Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a triple slaying in Massachusetts in 2011.
- Ibragim Todashev was killed while being questioned by the FBI over his connection to one of the Boston bombers
- He was also being questioned over a triple slaying in the US in 2011
- Todashev’s father Abdulbaki has accused the FBI of executing his son on May 22
- Abdulbaki Todashev says his son was shot after eight hours of questioning
- Todashev’s father denied that his son was close to Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev
His father Abdulbaki Todashev questioned the FBI’s account of what happened at a news conference in Moscow, saying his son was unarmed and had been shot several times.
He accused the FBI of killing his son “execution style”, and showed reporters 16 photographs of his body on a medical table with several wounds on his torso and one on his head.
“You question a person for eight hours and you can provoke him to do anything,” he said.
“They were tormenting him for eight hours. There was no lawyer, no witnesses, nobody.
“We can only guess what was going on there.
“These are not FBI agents but bandits… and they must be tried.
“I want justice and I want there to be an investigation, so that these people are tried under American law,”
Mr Todashev dismissed suggestions that his son may have grabbed a kitchen knife or tried to wrest a gun from an agent as “absurd”.
He said there was no reason a handful of trained officers could not subdue a lone young man without killing him.
‘Not close to Tsarnaev’
Mr Todashev said his son had gone to the same gym as Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Massachusetts, but said they were not close friends.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, are suspected of planting bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and wounding 264.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was 26, died in an April 19 shootout with police in Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held at a Massachusetts prison hospital awaiting trial on charges that can carry the death penalty.
The Boston bombings came at a tense time in U.S.-Russia relations, with Moscow accusing Washington of double standards on human rights and counterterrorism.
US congressmen are in Moscow this week in an effort to find out whether the FBI could have done more with Russian intelligence on the bombing suspects to prevent the attack.