Wife 'outraged' after businessman Christopher Tappin branded 'a danger to the community'

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A US judge's decision to remand a retired British businessman in custody while he awaits trial on arms dealing charges was "heartbreaking", his wife has said.

Elaine Tappin said it was an "outrage" that her 65-year-old husband Christopher has been refused bail after he was extradited to the United States two weeks ago.

Judge Robert Castaneda ruled Tappin must remain in custody after US prosecutors told the federal court in El Paso, Texas, he may be a "danger to the community" if released.

Mrs Tappin, 62, from Farnborough Park, Orpington, said: "This is an outrage. God only knows how he'll bear up. It's heartbreaking."

Tappin has spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell at the Otero County detention centre in New Mexico since he was extradited to America.

His wife went on: "I am shocked and deeply disappointed. He's a man of his word and is certainly not at risk of fleeing - where would he go?

"He doesn't have his passport or access to money.

"Why has the British Government allowed him to be incarcerated in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day before he's even been tried?

"Tony Blair helped the NatWest Three, why can't David Cameron help Chris?"

Mrs Tappin added: "He's not a danger to anyone - he's a 65-year-old granddad. How is he supposed to prepare a proper defence when he's only been allowed to communicate with his lawyers from behind a plastic screen?"

The family have been unable to reach Mr Tappin since today's court proceedings.

During his incarceration he has so far been able to call home once after he was woken at 3am yesterday.

His daughter Georgina said they had no idea when they would hear from him again.

Speaking about her father's bail refusal, she said: "We are utterly shocked and devastated at this decision.

"Despite an unblemished law-abiding record, his pivotal role within the community in Kent and the dignity he showed when surrendering himself to the police at Heathrow, he is still being seen as a flight risk.

"Our government has done absolutely nothing to help him. We still haven't received any response at all from (the Home Secretary) Theresa May, or anyone at the Home Office, it's disgraceful and heartbreaking."

Meanwhile Mr Tappin's MP Jo Johnson said on Twitter: "Have tonight raised shocking/nonsensical decision to deny Christopher Tappin bail with W.Hague and Home Office ministers."

His UK lawyer Karen Todner, who fought against his extradition, also tweeted: "The prime minister, the home secretary and the attorney general were all asked to intervene to help mr Tappin but they didn't. (sic)"

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11:37pm Mon 5 Mar 12

Locked and Loaded says...

http://www.elpasotim
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Two sides to every story. I can't see how he's a flight risk but the US judicial system aint anywhere near as liberal as the UKs. Plus Texas is a tough State even by US standards.
http://www.elpasotim es.com/news/ci_20092 112 Two sides to every story. I can't see how he's a flight risk but the US judicial system aint anywhere near as liberal as the UKs. Plus Texas is a tough State even by US standards. Locked and Loaded
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11:48pm Mon 5 Mar 12

Locked and Loaded says...

I'n not sure that link will work but the key parts of the article states. :-

"The prosecutor argued that Tappin has no ties to the U.S. and failed to disclose to court officials his frequent travels to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. McDonald also said that Tappin continued to deal U.S. technology to Iran even after he was indicted in 2007.

Ron Marcell, a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified that in July 2007 and April 2008, agents seized about $100,000
allegedly sent by Tappin and his freight company, Brooklands, for the purchase of a "clean room" of the sort used in electronics manufacturing and YIG filters, electronic devices used in tele communications that would be sent to Iran.
Tappin never contested the seizing of the money, Marcell said.

He also stated that there is evidence indicating a previous sale of technology for about $2 million to the United Arab Emirates and then to Iran."


Just perhaps there's a reason our Government haven't
intervened.
I'n not sure that link will work but the key parts of the article states. :- "The prosecutor argued that Tappin has no ties to the U.S. and failed to disclose to court officials his frequent travels to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. McDonald also said that Tappin continued to deal U.S. technology to Iran even after he was indicted in 2007. Ron Marcell, a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified that in July 2007 and April 2008, agents seized about $100,000 allegedly sent by Tappin and his freight company, Brooklands, for the purchase of a "clean room" of the sort used in electronics manufacturing and YIG filters, electronic devices used in tele communications that would be sent to Iran. Tappin never contested the seizing of the money, Marcell said. He also stated that there is evidence indicating a previous sale of technology for about $2 million to the United Arab Emirates and then to Iran." Just perhaps there's a reason our Government haven't intervened. Locked and Loaded
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7:06am Tue 6 Mar 12

goldenbroomboy says...

Locked and Loaded wrote:
http://www.elpasotim es.com/news/ci_20092 112 Two sides to every story. I can't see how he's a flight risk but the US judicial system aint anywhere near as liberal as the UKs. Plus Texas is a tough State even by US standards.
TX is suprisingly easy going when it comes to minor crimes,eg if a jail is full because of a drug cartel being arrested then anybody who turns up for non payment of a fine will simply be sent home & told to be more careful in future.

When it comes to serious matters however they are very strict, and Mr Tappin is accused of a serious offence. I fail to see how Mr Tappin could be a danger to the community, but it's a matter for the Texas Judge & there is absolutely nothing that the UK government can do about it even if they wanted to.
[quote][p][bold]Locked and Loaded[/bold] wrote: http://www.elpasotim es.com/news/ci_20092 112 Two sides to every story. I can't see how he's a flight risk but the US judicial system aint anywhere near as liberal as the UKs. Plus Texas is a tough State even by US standards.[/p][/quote]TX is suprisingly easy going when it comes to minor crimes,eg if a jail is full because of a drug cartel being arrested then anybody who turns up for non payment of a fine will simply be sent home & told to be more careful in future. When it comes to serious matters however they are very strict, and Mr Tappin is accused of a serious offence. I fail to see how Mr Tappin could be a danger to the community, but it's a matter for the Texas Judge & there is absolutely nothing that the UK government can do about it even if they wanted to. goldenbroomboy
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8:18am Tue 6 Mar 12

markay says...

there is an epetition you can sign if you think the UK needs to renegotiate the extradition treaty with the US.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/30569
there is an epetition you can sign if you think the UK needs to renegotiate the extradition treaty with the US. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/30569 markay
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9:35am Tue 6 Mar 12

right-writes says...

I wonder if Judge Robert Castaneda is related to the author Carlos Castenada, he may be suffering from similar "visions" to him, given his reasons for not granting bail.

As far as I know, Mr. Tappin has not been charged with anything, and it depends on who one asks whether he was an unwitting stooge, or a hardened criminal.

BTW: It is worth getting on to the Downing St. website and signing the petition that "markay" highlights above. You never know, it could be you next!
I wonder if Judge Robert Castaneda is related to the author Carlos Castenada, he may be suffering from similar "visions" to him, given his reasons for not granting bail. As far as I know, Mr. Tappin has not been charged with anything, and it depends on who one asks whether he was an unwitting stooge, or a hardened criminal. BTW: It is worth getting on to the Downing St. website and signing the petition that "markay" highlights above. You never know, it could be you next! right-writes
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10:08am Tue 6 Mar 12

Brian Sewer3 says...

We send our ppl 2 the usa m8s then they bang them up then we have nutters over here we cant deport because of there human rights 1 dumb an dumber thats clegg an cameron yar har hah
We send our ppl 2 the usa m8s then they bang them up then we have nutters over here we cant deport because of there human rights 1 dumb an dumber thats clegg an cameron yar har hah Brian Sewer3
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3:36pm Tue 6 Mar 12

ron1952 says...

I see the NS censor is back, have you been off sick ? I do hope you're feeling better now if you have.

Love Ron xx
I see the NS censor is back, have you been off sick ? I do hope you're feeling better now if you have. Love Ron xx ron1952
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10:21pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Virtual-Monster says...

Regardless of the facts of this case (most of which I fear will never be fully revealed) this guy is not going to get a fair trial in the US.

Who wants to bet that the US Prosecutor relies on anti-terrorism legislation to prevent the release of pertinent and essential information firstly to the Defence team but also to the wider public?
Regardless of the facts of this case (most of which I fear will never be fully revealed) this guy is not going to get a fair trial in the US. Who wants to bet that the US Prosecutor relies on anti-terrorism legislation to prevent the release of pertinent and essential information firstly to the Defence team but also to the wider public? Virtual-Monster
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