FBI asked some of Todashev’s friends to “spy on local mosques and threatened to arrest them if they didn’t”
The Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR FL), an organization built to challenge stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, says the FBI has been harassing friends of Ibragim Todashev since he was murdered by the FBI on May 22 in his Fla. home.
According to WFTV’S report, the civil rights group said “the FBI even asked some of Todashev’s friends to spy on local mosques and threatened to arrest them if they didn’t.”
Ashurmamad Miraliev, a friend and roommate of Todashev and his live-in girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva, were arrested by Fla. police on Sept. 20, on charges of “threatening a witness in a 14-month-old battery case against Todashev,” reported Boston.com.
According to Julissa Rizzo, assistant for the general council at the Osceola County clerk’s office, the “battery case” is reportedly related to an incident in at the Ali Baba Hookah Cafe and Lounge in Kissimmee, Fla.
Miraliev is being held in the Osceola County Jail in Kissimmee, Fla. When Infowars called to confirm his charges, I was told he was being charged with “tampering with a witness or evidence,” which under Fla. State law is a second degree felony.
His bail is set to $50,000, however, even if he were to be bailed out, he is under an immigration hold. Which means upon his release he would be turned over to immigration, and possibly deported.
CAIR-FL claims the real reason he was arrested was to question him about his relationship with Todashev, who FBI believe was an acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
“Didn’t ask him anything about the alleged charges. Just interviewed him for over six hours trying to get as much information on Ibragim Todashev as possible,” said Hassan Shibly, director of the Florida chapter of CAIR.
Shibly previously coached Miraliev into not answering any questions unless a lawyer was present, however Miraliev was still denied the right to an attorney.
“He made repeated requests for an attorney throughout, because we had trained him to do that, because we didn’t want anyone else shot and killed,” said Shibly.
“And that’s what’s most shocking and most troubling for us is here you have a Florida resident, exercising his right for an attorney — demanding to see his attorney — and they’re saying ‘No, that’s not happening,’” Shibly said.
The civil rights group asked the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into what they call “a pattern of egregious civil rights violations and abuse by the FBI targeting friends of Todashev.”
Authorities have refused to investigate the shooting death of Todashev, and have also refused to release any reports of his death, including the autopsy report.
Change.org has filed a petition requesting the U.N. investigate the possible involvement of the US government in the Boston bombing attacks, and also “thoroughly investigate the subsequent events that happened leading to the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.