Christopher Tappin outside court
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Christopher Tappin guilty plea 'pragmatic'

The family of retired Surrey businessman Christopher Tappin, who admitted selling weapon parts to Iran and has been sentenced to jail by a court in the US, have said a "big factor" in his guilty plea was a "pragmatic" decision to return home as quickly as possible.

The 66-year-old former director of Surrey-based Brooklands International Freight Services and former president of Kent Golf Society was sentenced to 33 months in prison by a judge in Texas on Wednesday.

Tappin, of Orpington, south-east London, had previously battled against extradition, claiming he was an innocent man.

  • 10 Jan 2013