My husband is a victim: Wife of al Qaeda recruiter who radicalised Charlie Hebdo assassins

The wife of top al Qaeda recruiter Djamel Beghal, who radicalised Islamist militants for carrying out attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has claimed that her husband is a 'victim', reports stated on Saturday.

Beirut: The wife of top al Qaeda recruiter Djamel Beghal, who radicalised Islamist militants for carrying out attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has claimed that her husband is a 'victim', reports stated on Saturday.

A report in Daily Mail claims that 45-year-old Sylvie Beghal, who lives in Leicester, has declared her husband 'a hostage' after he was put in lone confinement post terror attacks.

She has revealed that French officers showed incivility towards him while breaking his prison television and spilling his coffee during investigations in connection with the massacre.

“Djamel is under huge amounts of pressure. They turned the cell upside down, wasted all of his supplies, mixing up all his sugar, pasta and coffee on the floor. They opened up the TV in a hateful and vengeful manner,” Sylvie was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

Djamel Beghal, who is accused of radicalising Charlie Hebdo magazine attackers Amedy Coulibaly and Chérif Kouachi in a French prison, served 10 years for trying to break an Algerian Islamist, Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, out of jail.

Charlie Hebdo was targeted for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. However, defying extremist threats, it printed another cartoon of the Prophet on its front page after the attacks which has angered some Muslims who say all depictions of the Prophet should be forbidden.

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