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British arms-to-Iran suspect requests bond
British man accused of trying to sell missile parts to Iran requests release on bond in Texas
By The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) ' A retired British businessman accused of trying to sell missile batteries to Iran has asked a Texas federal judge to release him on bond.

Attorney Kent Schaffer said at a Friday detention hearing that Christopher Tappin will agree with any measures the court imposes for his release.

U.S. marshals brought Tappin to El Paso last week after he fought extradition from the U.K. for two years.



The 65-year-old retiree is accused of trying to buy specialized batteries for Hawk missiles for $25,000 from undercover American agents with the intention of exporting them to Iran. Two other men already have been convicted in the case.

Tappin's case sparked a debate in the U.K. over whether British and American citizens are treated equally under the extradition treaty between the two countries.


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