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Mentor of Kouachi brothers ‘treated Charlie Hebdo victims’

In 2008, Farid Benyettou was sentenced with Cherif Kouachi to six years in prison

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A man who is reported to have helped radicalize the two brothers who carried out the deadly attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last week is reportedly working at the Paris hospital which received most of the massacre’s victims, French daily Le Parisien reported.

Farid Benyettou, who is now a nursing intern at Pitie-Salpetrier Hospital in Paris, was not on call the day of the attack but was present on Friday and Saturday night.

The 32-year-old man reportedly met the Kouachi brothers in the early 2000s when he was working for the “Filiere des Buttes Chaumont” cell, a group that helped funnel fighters into Iraq.

At that time, Benyettou was known for his radical preaching at the Adda’wa mosque in Paris, according to the daily.

In 2008, Benyettou was sentenced with Cherif Kouachi to six years in prison, Le Parisien reported.

After his release, he started training as a nurse before joining Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in December 2014.

Benyettou’s colleagues at the hospital who did not seem to know about his past described him as “a studious and discreet student.”

“It is impossible to imagine that this man, whom everyone says is one of the main mentors of the Kouachi brothers, might have tended to the victims of his former protégés,” one doctor said.

“And I cannot imagine that the hospital were unaware of his past,” the doctor added.