Prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing case of Dzhokhar Tsarneav have confirmed that the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarneav is accused of participating in an additional 2011 triple homicide in Boston.  A federal law enforcement official told CNN back in May that Tsarnaev’s involvement in the killings was revealed in an interview between police and Ibragim Todashev.  Prosecutors confirmed this allegation last week.  In a court document filed in Dzhokhar Tsarneav’s case, prosecutors made a reference to the incident.  They argued against the defense’s request to see all the documents relating to Tamerlan Tsarneav’s participation in the triple homicide.

“In any event, the government has already disclosed to (Dzhokhar) Tsarnaev that, according to Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham triple homicide,” prosecutors wrote, “Any benefit to Tsarnaev of knowing more about the precise ‘nature and extent’ of his brother’s involvement does not outweigh the potential harm of exposing details of an ongoing investigation into an extremely serious crime, especially at this stage of the proceeding.”

Prosecutors went on to say that they do not believe the defendant is entitled to the information because it will not be relevant at trial.

TODASHEV’S DEATH INVESTIGATION

Todashev was killed during an interview with authorities at his home.  After multiple groups and individuals, including the ACLU, Todashev’s family, and the Boston Globe called for a full investigation, Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton as well as several other agencies indicated their intent to independently investigate the FBI shooting death of Todashev.

Officials initially said that Todashev tried to kill an FBI agent, but later said they weren’t sure what happened.  Todashev was unarmed at the time of his death despite early reports to the contrary.

The Dzhokhar Tsarneav’s defense wants all the documents about Tamerlan Tsarneav’s alleged involvement, Todashev’s interviews with the FBI, and the FBI’s interviews with Todashev’s girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva.

Gruzdeva was deported this week.  She recently gave an interview to Boston magazine.  (READ:  New Details in the FBI Shooting Death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev Associate (Boston Mag)).  The civil rights group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Gruzdeva was told she was being deported because of her interview about Todashev.  Grudzdeva was originally approved for an extension on her visa, but a judge rescinded it following the interview.

Another friend of Todashev’s, Ashurmamad Miraliev, 20, has been in jail since early September on charges of tampering with a witness in an assault case that is over a year old.  CAIR said he has been denied his right to see an attorney.

“People who had anything to do with him are being put behind bars. I don’t know why….” said Abdulbaki Todashev, Ibragim’s father. 

The elder Todashev said, he is still waiting for an explanation five months after the incident.  Todashev was interviewed for several hours in May by the FBI before his death about his friendship with Tsarneav.  There was speculation after the Boston bombings that Tamerlan Tsarneav may have been involved in the cold case triple homicide, in which one of his friends was killed.  Initial reports said that Todashev confessed (or was about to confess) to the cold case murders and that Tsarneav was also involved, but before that he lunged at an agent with a knife (or sword).

Several different accounts soon emerged.  The FBI backtracked on its initial assertion that Todashev was armed.  A private autopsy concluded that the unarmed Todashev was shot seven times including once in the back of the head.  Abdulbaki Todashev said his son had had recent knee surgery and was almost immobile and that he only knew Tsarneav casually through an MMA gym.  The emergence of these new questions prompted the agencies to request an investigation into Todashev’s death.  Some believe that both Gruzdeva and Miraliev are being intimidated and retaliated against by the government for helping Todashev’s father, when he visited in the summer, to seek an open investigation into his son’s death.  There are also allegations that the government was possibly looking for the pair to secretly spy on Orlando-area mosques and because they declined, they have been punished.

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