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Tappin to be extradited ‘within ten days’

[ February 13, 2012   //   ]

Retired former freight forwarder A former businessman will be extradited to the US within 10 days after his is plea to the European Court of Human Rights had been rejected, his lawyer has admitted. Mr Tappin, 64 had made an emergency application to the European court after being refused leave to appeal to the UK supreme court. This follows the failure of his High Court bid in January to prevent his extradition to the US to face charges of plotting to export missile components to Iran.

Mr Tappin, 64, a former director of Orpington-based Brooklands Freight Services, is accused of attempting to export batteries for Hawk air defence missiles, saying 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 company appointed to handle import formalities turned out to be a front for customs agents.