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British arms-to-Iran suspect faces Texas court

British man accused of trying to sell missile parts to Iran to appear in West Texas court By The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) ' A retired British businessman is to appear in a federal court in El Paso after being extradited last week on charges that he tried to sell missile batteries to Iran in 2006.

Christopher Tappin turned himself in Friday after fighting extradition from the United Kingdom for two years. Two other men were sentenced in 2007 to 20 and 24 months in federal prison for their roles in the scheme.

The 65-year-old Tappin was denied a final appeal of his extradition last month and delivered to El Paso by federal marshals. His deportation sparked a debate in the U.K. over whether British and American citizens are treated equally under the two countries' extradition treaty.

Don Cogdell, Tappin's attorney in Texas, said he plans to aggressively push to have Tappin granted bail.

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