Spanish police have arrested one of the alleged ringleaders of the 2013 horse meat scandal.
Guardia Civil detained Dutchman Jan Fasen in Calpe, Alicante last month at the request of French authorities. The National Court must now decide on possible extradition to France.
The food fraud consisted of selling horse meat as beef. It was discovered by Irish authorities detecting horse meat in beef burgers and affected more than a dozen countries in Europe. Hundreds of tons of horse meat were passed off as beef and put in pre-cooked meals such as lasagna, moussaka or chilli.
Fasen, a Dutch trader, was sentenced to two years in prison and banned from working in the French meat industry by a Paris court earlier this year. Hendricus Windmeijer, who worked with Fasen, received a one-year suspended sentence.
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