Thursday, February 16, 2012

Retired Briton to be Extradited to US for Conspiring to Sell Missile Components to Iran

A retired British businessman, Christopher Tappin, who has been accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran will be extradited to the US next week. Tappin faces charges in Texas over allegations that he offered in 2006 to sell specialized batteries for Hawk missiles for $25,000 to undercover federal agents posing as Iranians.

COMMENT: Tappin faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. He denies wrongdoing, saying he was the victim of a sting operation. An appeal to the European Court of Human Rights has already been declined.

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