Kent golf boss Christopher Tappin jailed in US arms case
A former Kent golf boss who admitted trying to sell weapon parts
to Iran has been jailed for 33 months in America.
Retired businessman Christopher Tappin had previously denied
selling batteries for surface-to-air missiles - but changed his
plea as part of a deal with prosecutors in Texas.
Mr Tappin, who was president of the Kent Golf Society, was
sentenced in El Paso this afternoon.
The judge said he would recommend the Department of Justice
approve any request to transfer the 65-year-old to serve his
sentence in Britain.
Mr Tappin, from Orpington, was also fined £7,000 for
selling batteries for Iranian missiles.
He was extradited under a treaty with the US that means
prosecutors can demand a suspect is handed over without the
evidence ever being tested in a British court.
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