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Tappin refused bail

[ March 6, 2012   //   ]

Retired British freight forwarder extradited to the US has been refused bail by a court in Texas, the BBC reported. Chris Tappin, of Orpington, south-east London, was extradited on 24 February after claims he conspired to sell batteries for use in Iranian missiles. A spokesman for federal prosecutors said bail was refused because Mr Tappin, 65, posed a flight risk.

Mr Tappin, a former director of Orpington-based Brooklands Freight Services, has been accused of attempting to export batteries for Hawk air defence missiles, although he argued that he was the victim of entrapment by US government agents. In December 2005, he arranged a shipment of batteries from the US to the Netherlands but a US agent turned out to be a front for customs agents.

His lawyer, Kent Schaffer, told the BBC that an appeal would be launched against the decision not to grant bail, expected this week.

Source: BBC

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