Saturday, February 25, 2012

Christopher Tappin Arrives At Texas Prison

A retired British businessman is spending his first day in a Texas jail after he was extradited to the US to face charges that he illegally exported weapons parts to Iran.

Christopher Tappin landed in Houston at 11pm GMT yesterday after flying in from Heathrow, according to reports.

The 65-year-old, from Orpington in Kent, was handcuffed and seated between two US marshals during the flight.

Tappin, who lost his two-year battle against extradition last week, will make his first court appearance in El Paso on Monday.

Tappin's US lawyer Dan Cogdell said he would "vigorously argue" for his client to be released on bail.

He said there was "no reasonable basis to believe that he is a flight risk or a danger" and has "no criminal record whatsoever".

Before being forced to leave Britain under the controversial UK-US treaty, Tappin said he had been failed by the Government, branding the decision to extradite him as a "disgrace". Read More