THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

March 2012

Truth: rarely pure and never simple

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A British businessman has spent the past fortnight in a detention centre in New Mexico, having been extradited to the U.S. to face charges of conspiring to export U.S. battery parts for use in Iranian missiles. Much has been made in the UK press about the human dimension of this story. Christopher Tappin, a 65-year-old stalwart of the local golf club, has a wife suffering from an incurable disease. He has devoted much of his time to her care. And he is, he claims, an innocent victim of an ICE ‘sting’; the US-UK extradition treaty under which he was extradited...

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