Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold 'halal' horse: Report
THE HAGUE (AFP) - Two businessmen allegedly linked to the growing European horsemeat scandal have previously been convicted by a Dutch court for passing off horse as Islamic halal-slaughtered beef, Dutch media reported on Wednesday.
National public broadcaster NOS said one of the men, identified only as "Jan F.", received a one-year sentence with three months suspended in January 2012, after he sold horse flesh imported from South America as halal-slaughtered Dutch beef.
Jan F. is the director of a Cyprus-based meat trading company called Draap Trading, which various British and Dutch news reports on Wednesday fingered as a suspected link between Romanian abattoirs and a French supplier.
"Draap" is the Dutch word for "horse" (paard) spelt backwards. "Jan F. was the chief suspect in a meat fraud case," the NOS said. "He falsified documents to mislead clients," it added.