The FBI has ordered a medical examiner’s office in Florida not to release autopsy photos of Ibragim Todashev, a man who was killed during an interrogation regarding the Boston Marathon bombing, the Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev brothers and an unsolved 2011 triple murder. Much mystery surrounds the death of Ibragim Todashev, because the only witnesses to his death were the FBI agents who killed him, and all that they have said was that Todashev became violent and that he was killed in self-defense. Todashev’s father held a press conference in which he displayed photos of his son taken at the morgue. He suggested then that the photos told the tale of an execution, not a self-defense murder, and a wound in the back of the head did corroborate that somewhat.
The FBI’s refusal to release autopsy photos only adds fuel to the fire, but the real story may be the reason given to the forensic office by the FBI for blocking access to pictures of Todashev:
“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 FBI would do well to release the findings of that internal investigation when it is done. Whether Todashev’s death was the fault of the FBI agents or an attack initiated by Todashev, the FBI needs to tell us one way or the other to maintain its credibility.