London: Britain`s High Court says a retired
businessman who allegedly plotted to sell missile components
to Iran should be extradited to the United States.
US authorities say Christopher Tappin offered in 2006 to
sell specialized batteries for Hawk missiles for USD 25,000,
not knowing that his contacts were undercover US agents, not
Iranians. Two other men have been jailed in Texas over the
A judge ruled last year that 64-year-old Tappin should be
extradited. He claims he was entrapped by FBI agents and
challenged the decision.
But on Friday two judges upheld the earlier ruling.
Tappin said he is disappointed and will "consider all my
options and do what I can to bring an end to this nightmare."
He faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted in the US.