Source: The Dailymail – The former Imam and recruiter of jihadists, and the man who helped radicalise the Kouachi brothers has come forward to condemn the Charlie Hebdo murders.
Farid Benyettou, revealed as working as an intern in the hospital where many of the dead and dying were taken said: ‘It was a cowardly assassination and monstrous.’
Farid Benyettou has condemned the Charlie Hebdo murders, despite radicalising one of the brothers involved in the shootings
His face hidden, the 32 year old told i-Tele: ‘Whatever was done, whether it be the cowardly and monstrous murder of the journalists, or of the police and members of the Jewish community – it should not be attributed to Islam.
‘If you are murderers then that’s your business.’
Benyettou, who has since been removed from the wards of Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital to finish his studies in training school, said he had come forward in the name of Islam.
He said: ‘I am not here to proclaim my innocence but to condemn what has been done. My innocence is not in doubt.
‘Some people will say if I don’t that ‘Farid Beyettou may agree with what has been done’ and some people may identify with that.
‘No. Farid Benyettou absolutely does not agree with what happened.’
Benyettou said that he had mentored Cherif Kouachi, the younger of the terrorist brothers, for around two months.
He said: ‘He came unexpectedly. He wanted discussion. With him it was always the same topic….
‘It all turned around combat. He was fascinated by that – his knowledge of the religion was limited to that. Having a good relationship with his neighbours, the behaviour of Muslims in every day life, he had no idea about.
‘And the relationship with God did not interest him. He was someone very, very stubborn. I told him I could not agree with what he was saying about violence and that it was probably the worst crime a Muslim could commit.
‘He seemed to change his stance, accept criticism. Nothing could have seen what was to come.’
Then in a passionate defence of France he said: ‘Some think that France oppresses Muslims. I am proof to the contrary. Yes I have a criminal record – terrorist written on it.
‘I think this is the worst thing to happen yet despite this, doors have been open for me.
‘I was given help, never been discriminated against. On the contrary.’
Benyettou was radicalised after the arrest of his brother, Youssef Zemmouri in 1998 when security forces dismantled the Parisian Salafist Group.
Self taught he became an ’emir’ and taught theology courses.
He was arrested along with six others in 2005 for helping to send jihadists to Iraq after the US invasion.
Three years later, then aged 27, he was sentenced to six years in prison and release in 2011.

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