The FBI has ordered a Florida medical examiner’s office not to release the autopsy report of a Chechen man who was killed during an FBI interview in May over his ties to one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.
The autopsy report for Ibragim Todashev, 27, killed by an FBI agent during
an interrogation which took place in his apartment on May 22 was
ready for release on July 8. However, the FBI barred its
publication, saying an internal probe into his death is ongoing.
“The FBI has informed this office that the case is still under
active investigation and thus not to release the document,”
according to statement by Tony Miranda, forensic records
coordinator for Orange and Osceola counties in Orlando.
The medical examiner’s office promised to check on a monthly
basis whether the FBI is ready to grant permission for release of
the autopsy report.
Todashev was interrogated by the FBI several times following the
Boston Marathon bombings, with the final interview resulting in a
fatal altercation. He was supposedly questioned over his alleged
role in an unsolved 2011 triple homicide in Waltham,
Massachusetts, which bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev have been implicated in. Todashev was reportedly about
to sign a written statement which would have tied him to the
murders when he allegedly attacked an FBI agent.
The Bureau’s statement issued on the day of the incident provided
no details of what transpired, saying only that the person being
interviewed was killed when a “violent confrontation was
initiated by the individual.”
Investigators, most of them
speaking anonymously, would later offer conflicting accounts of
what happened in Todashev’s final minutes, with some claiming the
man brandished a knife and others insistinghe was
Ibragim Todashev’s father showed pictures of
his dead son’s body at a press conference in Moscow. The
photographs revealed he had been shot six times, including once
in the crown of his head. His father suspected the head wound
could indicate a kill shot.
Despite the FBI’s promise to look into the case, civil rights
activists have called for an independent investigation.
The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division announced on
Monday it was overseeing a federal inquiry into the shooting
“Federal prosecutors will review the evidence and make an
independent determination whether a federal criminal
investigation is warranted,” the Boston Herald cites a letter
by US Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy L. Austin as saying.
Todashev’s widow, Reniya Manukyan, welcomed news of the federal
“We are glad that DOJ started. Hopefully it will bring
more attention of the public and everybody will question the FBI
and why they are not releasing anything,” she said.