Wife of Orpington businessman Christopher Tappin in extradition law vow

Chris and Elaine Tappin.

Chris and Elaine Tappin.

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THE wife of retired Orpington businessman Christopher Tappin has vowed to campaign for a change in extradition laws after he was jailed in the United States for arms dealing.

Speaking after her 66-year-old husband was sentenced to 33 months in prison, Elaine Tappin said the cost of extradition was "unnecessary, disproportionate, or both".

Tappin, 66, pleaded guilty last year to one count of aiding and abetting the illegal export of defence articles under a so-called plea bargain with US prosecutors.

US District Judge David Briones, who also fined Tappin 11,357.14 US dollars (£7,095) at a hearing in El Paso, Texas, recommended that he should be allowed to serve his sentence in the UK but the decision ultimately rests with the US Bureau of Prisons.

Tappin, from Orpington, Kent, will commence his sentence at the Allenwood prison in Pennsylvania and must turn himself in to start the term by March 8.

Mrs Tappin, who suffers from chronic illness Churg-Strauss Syndrome, said she can "begin to see light at the end of this long dark tunnel" but added that she remains frustrated that her husband's extradition was "granted in the first place".

She said: "Having seen first-hand how the Extradition Act works in practice, I'm dismayed by the damage inflicted on defendants and those close to them.

"We cannot change what has happened to Chris, nor to those who have gone before him, but we can take steps to stop unwarranted extradition being imposed on others.

"I shall continue to do what I can to encourage Parliament to change the law in favour of domestic prosecution over extradition, whenever reasonable."

The couple, who have been married for 38 years and have a son and daughter, were touched by the "tremendous support" received from friends and strangers, she said.

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11:13pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Put a sock in it, he's guilty you got nothing to be complaining about, I hope they make him do it all in America.
Put a sock in it, he's guilty you got nothing to be complaining about, I hope they make him do it all in America. Only_me!!
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10:50am Thu 10 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

"Mrs Tappin, who suffers from chronic illness Churg-Strauss Syndrome"

Another non illness dreamt up to try to garner sympathy.

STFU Mrs T, ya old mans a convicted felon now.
"Mrs Tappin, who suffers from chronic illness Churg-Strauss Syndrome" Another non illness dreamt up to try to garner sympathy. STFU Mrs T, ya old mans a convicted felon now. Gypo.Joe
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11:38am Thu 10 Jan 13

Petra69 says...

Why can't this woman accept some facts.
Fact 1. Her husband is as quilty as hell and very lucky to only get 33 months he deserves much more.
Fact 2. If he wasn't a lying scumbag and had put his very guilty hands up when first caught the costs she seems so concerned about would not have occurred
Fact 3. She has almost certainly also benefited from his ill gotten gains. Is she feels so strongly about the costs of the extradition why not pay them to the US and UK governments.
Fact 4. Lots of people suffer from ill health. Why should that have any bearing on the sentence or where it is served. Why should us taxpayers pick up the bill for his well deserved incarceration.
Why can't this woman accept some facts. Fact 1. Her husband is as quilty as hell and very lucky to only get 33 months he deserves much more. Fact 2. If he wasn't a lying scumbag and had put his very guilty hands up when first caught the costs she seems so concerned about would not have occurred Fact 3. She has almost certainly also benefited from his ill gotten gains. Is she feels so strongly about the costs of the extradition why not pay them to the US and UK governments. Fact 4. Lots of people suffer from ill health. Why should that have any bearing on the sentence or where it is served. Why should us taxpayers pick up the bill for his well deserved incarceration. Petra69
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3:10pm Thu 10 Jan 13

dsg700 says...

Well she still lives in her million pound house...so she can afford the 7 grand fine...
DON'T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME......
Well she still lives in her million pound house...so she can afford the 7 grand fine... DON'T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME...... dsg700
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