The lawyer representing Christopher Tappin, a British businessman who was jailed in the United States for arms dealing, has confirmed that he is now at Wandsworth prison and will serve the remainder of his sentence in the UK.
Karen Todner told the BBC: "For six weeks while his repatriation was being approved, he was moved to the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York, a prison which is teeming with rats and run by gangs.
Mr Tappin is an upstanding, proud man and he told me he just tried to stay in the background there. After that, his hands and feet were shackled while he was taken to JFK Airport to be flown home. His family are relieved he is back, particularly as he suffers chest problems."
The former president of the Kent Golf Union was originally thought to have faced up to 35 years in jail if found guilty. He fought against his extradition, taking his case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.
After denying attempting to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles, he later admitted that, between 2005 and 2007, he knowingly aided and abetted others in an illegal attempt to export zinc/silver oxide reserve batteries, a special component of the Hawk Air Defence Missile, to Iran.
The lawyer of Christopher Tappin, who was jailed in the US for arms dealing, said the British businessman had to endure a prison that was "teeming with rats and run by gangs".
Karen Todner, who appeared to confirm his return to the UK, told the BBC:
A British businessman who was sent to prison in the US for arms dealing has reportedly returned to the UK to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Christopher Tappin was extradited last year and pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the illegal export of defence articles.
He was sentenced to 33 months in prison and fined $11,357 (£7,095) in January after a so-called plea bargain with US prosecutors.
US District Judge David Briones recommended that Tappin, from Orpington, Kent, should be allowed to serve his sentence in the UK.
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.
Retired British businessman Christopher Tappin, who was extradited to the United States over arms dealing charges, has been freed on bail, a family spokeswoman said tonight.
Tappin, the former president of the Kent Golf Union, was told last month that he must remain in custody while he awaits trial in El Paso, Texas.
He had spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell at Otero County detention centre in New Mexico before being moved to a shared cell.
He will be freed later this week and could be released on bail as early as tomorrow, his US lawyer Kent Schaffer said.
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'.