Elaine Tappin: 'Plea deal is beginning of swift and safe return'

Christopher Tappin will be sentenced on 9th of January. In addition to the prison term of 33 months Tappin's plea deal includes a fine of $11,357.14 - the projected profit he stood to gain if his illegal activity had been brought to fruition.

He was originally thought to have faced up to 35 years in jail if found guilty.

His wife Elaine, 62, said ahead of today's hearing that "however upsetting" a plea deal was, it marked the beginning of his "swift and safe return" to the UK.

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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.