Group accuses FBI of harassing 2nd Todashev friend

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Posted: Oct 02, 2013 1:06 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A civil rights group has accused the FBI of threatening to deport the friend of a Chechen man shot to death in his Orlando apartment by an agent during questioning about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Tatiana Gruzdeva, a friend of Ibragim Todashev, was arrested Tuesday when she showed up at an immigration office to sign papers for an extension of her work visa.

The group said Gruzdeva was told she was being deported for talking publicly to Boston Magazine about Todashev, who was killed in May while FBI agents questioned him about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement didn't return an email and phone call.