Tappin appears in US Court

Christopher Tappin, the retired British businessman extradited to the US accused of exporting electric batteries to Iran, has made his first appearance in a US court.

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Attorney General: 'underlying fundamental problems' with US-UK extradition treaty

Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC answered questions about the US-UK extradition treaty Credit: POOL

Asked about the US-UK extradition treaty which has been described as "one-sided", Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC said there were "underlying fundamental problems that are not very easy to address".

"I think there's a lack of public confidence in the US justice system," he said.

There were perceptions in Britain that the US justice and penal systems were "harsh and disproportionate", leaving Britons "uneasy and uncertain", he added.

He told the MPs these concerns were "not readily curable".

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