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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Christopher Tappin Granted Bail From Otero County detention centre in New Mexico

A retired British businessman extradited to the United States over arms dealing charges was today granted bail and will be released later this week, his lawyer said.

Christopher Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, will be released from the Otero County detention centre in New Mexico either tomorrow or Wednesday, his U.S. lawyer Kent Schaffer said.

Judge David Briones set the bond at $1million (£620,000) and Tappin's family must pay $50,000 dollars (£31,000) before he can be released, documents filed at the US district court in the Western District of Texas show.

Tappin, the former president of the Kent Golf Union, was told last month that he must remain in custody while he awaits trial in El Paso, Texas.

Although he is to be released he will be forced to remain in Texas.

Tappin, who faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of trying to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran, originally spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell before being moved to a shared cell.

He denies the charges.

The case fuelled the row over the fairness of the extradition treaty between the UK and the US. Read More