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Briton in Iran missile case released on $1M bail

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A British man is free on $1 million bond after he was extradited to Texas to face charges that he tried to sell missile parts to Iran.

Christopher Tappin (TAP'-en) left federal custody in El Paso on Wednesday after a federal magistrate gave final approval to his bail conditions. The 65-year-old must wear a tracking device and live within five miles of his Houston-based attorney while he awaits trial.

No further hearing dates were set.

Tappin is accused of trying to buy batteries for Hawk surface-to-air missiles from undercover American agents with the intention of exporting them to Iran.

Prosecutors contend Tappin provided undercover agents with false documents to circumvent the requirement for the batteries to be government licensed prior to being exported.

 

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