Accused arms parts dealer to be extradited

Jan. 13, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A retired British businessman will be extradited to the United States on charges of conspiring to sell parts for Iranian missiles, officials said.

High Court justices said they found Christopher Tappin's arguments that he was a victim of an FBI sting operation "unsuitable," the BBC reported Friday.

Tappin, 64, of London, is accused of conspiring to export defense materials without a license or proper approval, and of aiding and abetting the attempted export of defense materials without a license.

Tappin, who has denied the charges, said he was "thoroughly disappointed" with the High Court ruling.

"I was relying on the British justice system to protect me from false allegations made by a maverick government agency clearly operating outside the law in the U.S," he said. "Our extradition laws completely fail to prevent such improper extraditions."

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