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Tappin pleads guilty in US court

British businessman Christopher Tappin has pleaded guilty to selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran in a court in America.

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Wife: 'All we ever wanted was Chris' swift and safe return'

In a statement the family of Christopher Tappin has confirmed the 65-year-old will attend court in Texas on November 1 when the "US Department of Justice will inform the judge of the basis of a plea bargain agreed by Mr Tappin."

The family statement continues: "Should the Judge accept the terms, there is likely to be a period of several weeks for pre-sentencing assessment before Mr Tappin is recalled to Court to hear the Judge’s sentencing."

From the moment Chris was put on a plane all we ever wanted was his swift and safe return. However upsetting, this is the beginning of that process. It would be inappropriate to comment further whilst the Court has yet to establish Chris' fate.

– Christopher Tappin's wife Elaine

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