[Boston Bomber story] Triple murder suspect got U.S. visa through Portland group

Article subtitle: 
Ibragim Todashev has ties to the Boston Marathon bombers and was killed by FBI agents last year
Article author: 
J. Craig Anderson
Article publisher: 
Portland Press Herald
Article date: 
19 April 2014
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

Collins, R-Maine, told the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee at a hearing this month that the Portland-based Council on International Education Exchange issued a J-1 work-study visa to murder suspect Ibragim Todashev in 2008.

A suspect in three unsolved murders in Waltham, Mass., who had ties to the Boston Marathon bombers and was killed by FBI agents while being questioned in Florida first came to the U.S. from Chechnya on a visa issued by a foreign-exchange organization in Portland, according U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

She said the council quickly revoked Todashev’s visa when he failed to comply with the rules, but he was later granted political asylum by federal authorities and then a green card in Massachusetts ...
Federal prosecutors have said in court filings that Todashev named Tsarnaev as a participant in an earlier triple homicide in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 11, 2011 ...