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.