British Man Accused of Conspiring to Sell Missile Parts to Iran Fights US Extradition

VOA reports that Christopher Tappin has appeared in court in London Thursday, accused of conspiring to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran in breach of international sanctions. But he denies the charge, and is fighting an extradition request from the
United States, where he could face a 35-year prison sentence if found
guilty. Outside the courthouse in London, the human rights group “Liberty” organized a protest in support of Tappin. The group’s director of policy, Isabella Sankey, says the extradition agreements between the U.S. and the United Kingdom are being misused.

“Cases like this definitely highlight how blanket rules that were brought in post-9/11, supposedly to deal with terror suspects and allow them to be transferred easily between the U.S. and the U.K., are actually so broad and lack so many fundamental safeguards that many of these smaller allegations and cases are being swept up along with what this law was originally intended to deal with,” said Sankey.

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