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Orpington businessman jailed in US for arms dealing

Extradited Briton Christopher Tappin has been jailed for 33 months for arms dealing after a deal with US prosecutors.

The 66-year-old pleaded guilty last year to one count of aiding and abetting the illegal export of defence articles under a so-called plea bargain secured last year.

Now I can begin to see light at the end of this long dark tunnel – but remain frustrated that Chris’extradition was granted in the first place. Being returned to a US prison will be dreadful for him. He is learning to live with the regrets – it is a chastening experience after a 45-year unblemished business career. I’m hoping against hope that he’ll have the mental fortitude to cope with whatever lies before him in the months and years to come.

– Elaine Tappin, Christopher’s wife