Dutch prosecutors demand 5-year sentence for meat processer accused of selling horse as beef

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for the owner of a Dutch meat processing plant who is accused of selling horse meat as beef.

At a trial Tuesday in the city of Den Bosch, prosecutors accused Willy Selten of mixing horse meat with beef "on a large scale" in 2011 and 2012. His company was investigated in 2013 as a scandal involving horse meat sold as beef swept Europe.

Prosecutors say in a written statement that Selten deserved imprisonment because his alleged fraud "damaged the Netherlands' reputation as a meat-exporting nation."

Prosecutors called him a "master of misinformation" who falsified documents to cover up selling cheap horse meat as beef. Dutch media reported that Selten denied deliberate fraud.

The court will deliver its verdict in two weeks.

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