Extradited businessman Christopher Tappin calls home from US prison cell

originally by: This Is Local London
published: 13th March 2012

Two weeks after he was extradited to the US over allegations he attempted to sell batteries to Iran for missiles, pensioner Christopher Tappin has finally been able to call home. Retired businessman Mr Tappin, from Farnborough Park, Orpington, has been left languishing in the Otero County Prison Facility in the New Mexico desert since his arrival in America.

The 65-year-old was last week refused bail by a US judge in El Paso, Texas, after prosecutors claimed he may be “a danger to the community” if released and feared he posed a “flight risk”.

His daughter Georgina Raeburn told News Shopper his prison conditions had now improved, after he was initially kept in a cell for 23 hours a day with the light permanently on and without any reading material.

He now shares a cell with four inmates, a man called Luther who he has been playing cards with, and three Mexicans who don’t speak much English.

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