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Tappin agrees plea bargain

[ October 29, 2012   //   ]

Retired freight forwarder Christopher Tappin has agreed a plea bargain deal with US prosecutors that he hopes will guarantee his return to the UK. Mr Tappin, 65, from Orpington, Kent, and owner of Brooklands International, had fought extradition to a Texas jail for two years over charges of conspiring to sell batteries for Iranian missiles in what transpired to be a US Customs ‘sting’ operation.

Tappin has reached a deal with prosecutors who must ratify the terms of the agreement and formally sentence him. While faces up to 35 years in jail his sentence would probably be significantly reduced under a plea deal. The terms of the deal have not been released.