Christopher Tappin to be sentenced over Iran arms dealing charges

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EXTRADITED Orpington businessman Christopher Tappin is due to be sentenced in the USA today (January 9) after pleading guilty over arms dealing charges.

Tappin changed his plea to one count of aiding and abetting the illegal export of defence articles at a hearing in El Paso, Texas, last November and faces a 33-month sentence when he appears in court today.

The 66-year-old, of Larch Dene, Farnborough Park, had previously denied attempting to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles which were to be shipped from the US to Tehran via the Netherlands, saying he was the victim of an FBI sting.

But he changed his plea in an agreement with US prosecutors. Under the deal he is expected to be able to serve part of his sentence in this country.

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

The case followed an investigation which started in 2005 when US agents asked technology providers about buyers who might have raised red flags.

Those customers were then approached by undercover companies set up by government agencies.

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10:08am Wed 9 Jan 13

Petra69 says...

Hope he gets what he deserves. A very long sentence in a US jail. It was obvious he was as guilty as hell all along and his lies and deceit have just made it worse. Please keep him USA. We don't want him back
Hope he gets what he deserves. A very long sentence in a US jail. It was obvious he was as guilty as hell all along and his lies and deceit have just made it worse. Please keep him USA. We don't want him back Petra69
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10:54am Wed 9 Jan 13

Polly Staight says...

This has face saving written all over it.

As I understand things, he was stung by the Feds.
This has face saving written all over it. As I understand things, he was stung by the Feds. Polly Staight
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11:24am Wed 9 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

As my old Ma says, "there aint no smoke wivout a bita fire boi. "

Silly greedy old fool took dah p1ss now there's a price to pay. Ya aint strutting around the golf club giving it the large now you snob are ya.
As my old Ma says, "there aint no smoke wivout a bita fire boi. " Silly greedy old fool took dah p1ss now there's a price to pay. Ya aint strutting around the golf club giving it the large now you snob are ya. Gypo.Joe
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12:53pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Give him the 35 years, lying scum bag
Give him the 35 years, lying scum bag Only_me!!
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12:53pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Give him the 35 years, lying scum bag
Give him the 35 years, lying scum bag Only_me!!
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12:54pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Give him the 35 years, lying scum bag
Give him the 35 years, lying scum bag Only_me!!
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1:52pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Only_me!!, do ya mean 105 years or wot ?
Only_me!!, do ya mean 105 years or wot ? Gypo.Joe
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5:39pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Sounds more like it 105 to life
Sounds more like it 105 to life Only_me!!
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