Skip to comments.UK suspect in Iran missile plot to be sent to US [Christopher Tappin]
Posted on 02/16/2012 4:29:59 PM PST by Cindy
A retired British businessman accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran will be extradited to the United States, his lawyer said Monday.
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He’s just another Lawrence of Arabia.
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“Extradition Brit In Custody Of US Marshals”
11:33am UK, Friday February 24, 2012
David Bowden, senior news correspondent
SNIPPET: “A retired British businessman has been handed over to US marshals at Heathrow to be extradited to the United States to face charges that he illegally exported weapons parts to Iran.
Christopher Tappin, who is 65 and lives in Kent, will be escorted across the Atlantic today.”
NOTE The following text is a quote:
MARCH 6, 2012 EL PASO, TX
British businessman ordered to remain in federal custody pending trial
Charge stems from scheme to illegally export to Iran parts for ‘Hawk’ surface-to-air missile systems
EL PASO, Texas A federal magistrate on Monday ordered that a British businessman, facing charges in connection with a scheme to illegally export parts used in Hawk surface-to-air missile systems to Iran, remain detained pending trial.
Christopher Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, is the subject of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He was extradited from the United Kingdom, and arrived in El Paso Feb. 24 in the custody of deputy U.S. marshals.
Jury selection and trial, before U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, has yet to be scheduled.
On March 5, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Castañeda ruled that Tappin posed a flight risk. He is charged by a federal grand jury indictment with one count each of conspiracy to illegally export defense articles, aiding and abetting the illegal export of defense articles, and conspiracy to conduct illegal financial transactions.
If convicted, Tappin faces the following maximum federal prison sentences:
up to five years on the charge of conspiracy to illegally export defense articles, up to 10 years on the charge of aiding and abetting the illegal export of defense articles, and up to 20 years on the charge of conspiracy to conduct illegal financial transactions.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McDonald, Western District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.
An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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“British man extradited to El Paso gets $1M bail in Iran missile case”
JUAN CARLOS LLORCA,Associated Press
Posted: 04/23/2012 03:51:22 PM MDT
SNIPPET: “EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A judge granted a $1 million bail Monday for a British man who was extradited to Texas to face charges that he tried to sell missile parts to Iran.
Under the ruling, Christopher Tappin, 65, must post a $50,000 cash deposit, wear a tracking device and live within five miles of his Houston-area attorney Dan Cogdell.”
“Christopher Tappin ‘To Plead Guilty’ In US
Christopher Tappin has always denied charges that saw him extradited to the US but is now due to enter a new plea in Texas.”
9:23am UK, Friday 26 October 2012
SNIPPET: “A retired British businessman extradited to the US over charges he sold weapons parts to Iran is expected to change his plea to guilty.
Christopher Tappin is accused of conspiring to sell batteries for Iranian missiles and faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted.
But American prosecutors said the 65-year-old will now appear in court on Thursday to re-enter his plea - just four days before his trial in Texas is due to start.
Tappin, from Orpington, Kent, is currently on bail in the US.”
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“Federal judge sentences British man to 33 months for scheming to sell missile parts to Iran”
Published January 09, 2013
SNIPPET: “EL PASO, Texas A British businessman has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran.
Christopher Tappin pleaded guilty in November after reaching a plea agreement that opened the door for him to serve part of his sentence in Britain near his wife. A judge sentenced him Wednesday.”