‘Never in his life would he attack anyone unprovoked’ — Todashev’s father



Published time: May 22, 2013 21:02
Edited time: May 22, 2013 23:42

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An FBI agent shot Tamerlan Tsarnaev-linked triple murder suspect Ibragim Todashev in Florida, allegedly after the suspect attacked him with a knife. But Todashev’s father Abdulbaki told RT he strongly doubted his son could attack the agent first.

Following reports that a Chechen man Ibragim Todashev, suspected
in a 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts alongside the elder
Tsarnaev and questioned about the Boston bombings previously, was
shot by an FBI agent during interrogation in
Orlando, Florida, RT had a phone conversation with the suspect’s
father.

The elder Todashev described his son as “a very calm”
man, who wouldn’t become aggressive for no reason.

“Never in his life would he attack anyone unprovoked,”
Abdulbaki Todashev stressed.

Abdulbaki, who lives in Grozny, Chechnya, said he was not
contacted by anyone from the US, and his only sources about
Ibragim’s fate were neighbors citing media agencies.

Ibragim Todashev is pictured in this undated booking photo courtesy of the Orange County Corrections Department (Reuters)Having heard the reports that
Ibragim was questioned by a group of people, including several
policemen, Abdulbaki also said he does not believe he would rush to
engage in a one-sided fight.

He explained that his 27-year-old son studied in the Russian
city of Saratov, and later in Grozny, but decided to give up his
education and move to the US after going on a student internship
there.

Ibragim decided to leave for Florida because he “liked
America,”
Abdulbaki explained, adding he never got to know what
occupation, if any, his son had in the US, other than practicing
sports.

Abdulbaki said they were not acquainted with the Tsarnaev family
at home in Chechnya. Ibragim knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev only because
they went to the same gym when he stayed in Boston, he added.

Ibragim “couldn’t take part” in the Boston Marathon
bombings as he was undergoing a surgical operation on his tendons
in Florida days before the bombings and “had to learn how to
walk again,”
the father said.

Todashev’s friend Kushen Taramov said he and Ibragim had been
interrogated about the bombings earlier this week.

But reports said that on Wednesday the investigators were
questioning Todashev over his alleged role in an unsolved 2011
triple homicide in Waltham, Massachusetts, which the bombing
suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been implicated in,
and that he was ready to sign a confession.

Todashev allegedly took out a knife and attacked the FBI agent
questioning him, but was shot to death.

Taramov said Ibragim was going to fly back home to Chechnya, but
the FBI insisted that he postpone his trip for “one last”
interview. Abdulbaki also knew that his son was flying to Grozny on
May 24.

This article originally appeared on : RT