Father of man shot in Boston-bombing probe to sue FBI

Abdulbaki Todashev says he will sue the FBI for his son's death, as an investigation continues

Abdulbaki Todashev, father of Ibragim Todashev, the Tsarnaev brothers' friend killed by FBI in Florida, shows pictures of his son's bullet-riddled body during a press conference in Moscow on May 30, 2013.
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Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of a friend of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev said Tuesday that he will sue the FBI for his son Ibragim's death, reports say.

Ibragim Todashev, 27, was killed at his Orlando, Fla., apartment on May 22, during an FBI interrogation regarding his suspected connection with the deadly explosion on April 15, in which two pressure cooker bombs killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy.

The FBI is conducting an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Todashev's death. But Todashev's father reportedly told The Boston Globe that he, together with lawyers and rights groups, will "prepare a civil suit against the FBI for wrongful death."

"At this point, I don't care about their reasons for shooting my son," Todashev told the newspaper. "I don't believe them, because they committed an unprecedented act of murder, and these people need to be tried and judged."

Abdulbaki Todashev is a city official in Grozny, Chechnya, in Russia's south. He came to the U.S. Sunday to find out what happened to his son, who received political asylum in the U.S. in 2008 and lived in Cambridge, where he is believed to have met Tsarnaev, before moving to Florida, The Globe reported.

Suspected Marathon bomber Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed on April 16, days after the explosion, in a standoff with police in Watertown, a Boston suburb. His brother, Dzhokhar, 20, is facing federal charges related to the explosions. The brothers also allegedly killed an Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.

Al Jazeera and wire services

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