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Dutchman at heart of Europe's horse meat scandal charged in France

Published on Apr 29, 2014 11:50 PM

PARIS (AFP) - A Dutch businessman at the heart of a horsemeat scandal that prompted a health scare across Europe last year has been charged and held in France, a judicial source told AFP.

Jan Fasen, who is in his sixties and runs a Cyprus-based firm named Draap Trading, was placed in custody on April 8 and charged with fraud following a probe into the scandal in which horsemeat was mislabelled and sold as ready meals containing beef.

Fasen's lawyer Jerome Triomphe said his client voluntarily turned up for questioning and added that he denied the charges.

The scandal sent governments scrambling to track down how the mislabelling occurred in the sprawling chain of production, spanning abattoirs and meat suppliers across Europe.

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