A retired British businessman extradited to the United States on arms dealing charges will go on trial in November, his family have said. Christopher Tappin, who faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted, will go on trial in El Paso, Texas, on November 5th, a statement said.
The 65-year-old former president of the Kent Golf Union, who is on bail in Texas, denies trying to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran.
65-year-old Christopher Tappin from Orpington will be released from the Otero County detention centre in New Mexico either tomorrow or Wednesday, his US lawyer Kent Schaffer said.
Judge David Briones set the bond at one million US dollars (approx £620,500) and Tappin's family must pay $50,000 (approx £31,000) before he can be released, documents filed at the US district court in the Western District of Texas show.
Retired British businessman Christopher Tappin, who was extradited to the US over arms dealing charges, was granted bail today. The former banker from Kent will be released later this week, his lawyer Kent Schaffer said.
Retired businessman Christopher Tappin from Orpington has been refused bail after being extradited to America on arms dealing charges. He denies attempting to sell batteries for missiles which were to be shipped from America to Iran. His wife said the decision is 'heart-breaking'.
Christopher Tappin, A retired British businessman extradited to the United States will learn tonight whether he will be kept behind bars while he awaits trial over arms dealing charges. He has spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell at the Otero County detention centre in New Mexic
He has spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell at the Otero County detention centre in New Mexico since being extradited to America two weeks ago.
US prosecutors believe Tappin may be a "danger to the community" if released, but his lawyers told the court that, having surrendered to US marshals at Heathrow, he was not going to go "running back to England".