British arms-to-Iran suspect to request bond

AP News
Posted: Mar 02, 2012 7:31 AM
British arms-to-Iran suspect to request bond

A retired British businessman accused of trying to sell missile batteries to Iran plans to ask a West Texas federal judge to release him on bond.

Attorney Dennis Hester says he'll "push hard" for Christopher Tappin's release on bond at a detention hearing Friday.

Tappin surrendered to U.S. marshals and was escorted to El Paso last week after fighting extradition from the United Kingdom 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 have already 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.