originally by: BBC News
published: 24 February 2012
A Briton being extradited to the US for allegedly selling batteries for Iranian missiles described his treatment as “a disgrace” as he arrived at Heathrow.
Retired businessman Christopher Tappin had said he was leaving the UK feeling he had fewer rights than a terrorist. Mr Tappin, 65, from London, is being flown from Heathrow Airport to El Paso, Texas, escorted by US marshals.
Dan Cogdell, Mr Tappin’s lawyer in the US, said he would “vigorously argue” for his client to be released on bail.
“There is no reasonable basis to believe that he is a flight risk or a danger. He is a 66-year-old respected businessman with no criminal record whatsoever,” Mr Cogdell told BBC News.
Mr Tappin, of Orpington, south-east London, has fought against extradition through the British courts after being charged in the US with conspiring to export batteries which could be used in Hawk air defence missiles.
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