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Kent golf boss appears in court in missile case

Christopher Tappin, president of the Kent Golf Society
Christopher Tappin, president of the Kent Golf Society

A Kent golf boss extradited to theĀ US for alleged arms dealing has made a five-minute court appearance.

He was read his rights in the federal court in El Paso and the charges against him.

He will now appear for a bail hearing on Friday.

Christopher Tappin from Orpington lost his two-year battle against extradition last week following allegations he sold batteries for Iranian missiles.

The 65-year-old could face up to 35 years in jail if convicted.

Mr Tappin, president of the Kent Golf Society, heads up the group that represents golfers across the county.

But he claims he is the victim of a sting by US agents - and insists he has done nothing wrong.

Mr Tappin was extradited under a treaty between the US and Britain, which means American prosecutors can demand a suspect is handed over without the evidence ever being tested in a British court.

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