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Man accused of selling missile parts loses extradition fight


A retired businessman has lost his High Court battle against extradition to the US where he faces charges of conspiring to sell parts for Iranian missiles.

Christopher Tappin, 64, from Orpington, Kent, denies unlawfully attempting to export batteries for Hawk air defence missiles and says he was the victim of entrapment in an FBI "sting".

But today two judges sitting in London ruled that the entrapment argument was "unsustainable" and it would not be "oppressive" to extradite him.