Man who tried to sell Iran missile parts returned to UK
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Man who tried to sell Iran missile parts returned to UK

British businessman had been jailed in US, but will serve sentence in his native country

A military exhibition displays the Shahab-3 missile under a picture of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, in 2008. (photo credit: AP/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
A military exhibition displays the Shahab-3 missile under a picture of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, in 2008. (photo credit: AP/Hasan Sarbakhshian)

LONDON — A lawyer representing a British businessman jailed in the US for trying to sell missile parts to Iran said his client has been returned to serve his sentence in a UK prison.

Lawyer Karen Todner told the BBC on Monday that Christopher Tappin is now in a British prison.

Tappin pleaded guilty in a US court in November to trying to buy missile parts from undercover US agents for possible sale to Iran. He had initially denied the charges.

He received a sentence of nearly three years with the understanding that part of it could be served in Britain with the approval of British and US authorities so that he could be nearer to his ailing wife.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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