Fidelma Cook For Mailonline
10:54 GMT, 11 January 2015
11:55 GMT, 11 January 2015
Former 'emir' of the Buttes Chaumont cell: Farid Benyettou
(pictured) has been working at the Pitie-Salpetrier Hospital in Paris
The man who allegedly radicalised the Kouachi
brothers involved in the Paris terror attacks is now a nursing intern in
the accident and emergency unit of the hospital where victims of the
Charlie Hebdo shootings were taken.
In an extraordinary twist,
Farid Benyettou, 32, the former ‘emir’ of the Buttes Chaumont cell, has
been working at the Pitie-Salpetrier Hospital in Paris since December.
He was an inflammatory figure of the 19th arrondissement and the Adda’wa mosque and known for his radical preaching of Islam.
According to Le Parisien,
Benyettou, also linked to the Salafist Group for Preaching Combat, met
the brothers in the early 2000s. He urged his followers to wage jihad in
In 2005 he was indicted for ‘criminal association in
relation to a terrorist enterprise’ and sentenced with Cherif Kouachi to
six years in prison three years later.
questioning in 2005 he said that from the Koranic courses taught by his
mentor, he ‘really felt the truth was there before me when he spoke’.
from prison in 2011, Benyettou started nursing training a year later
before joining the A&E unit at the Pitie-Salpetriere.
He has been described as ‘a studious and discreet student.’
Parisien claims that in the heightened atmosphere of the shootings and
the tenseness surrounding the city, hospital management removed the
on-call schedules from view.
Pitie-Salpetrier Hospital: Released from prison in 2011,
Benyettou started nursing training a year later before joining the
A&E unit at the Pitie-Salpetriere (pictured)
Cherif and Said: Benyettou, also linked to the Salafist Group for Preaching Combat, met the Kouachi brothers in the early 2000s
the paper claims that Benyettou, although not on call Wednesday or
Thursday, had to be present on the night of Friday to Saturday - and the
following two days.
A doctor is said to have told the
publication: ‘It’s unimaginable that this man, one of the main mentors
of the Kouachi brothers, could welcome the victims of his former
‘And I cannot imagine that the hospital were unaware of his past.’
colleague said it was not possible, according to the rules of the
country’s health department, for a nursing position to be held by
someone with a criminal record.
A hospital spokesman said a
criminal record does not prohibit anyone from taking a diploma, as it is
of value in many other public institutions.