Kent County golf president Christopher Tappin's extradition will be 'difficult to defeat'
The golf club president fighting extradition to the US over allegations he sold batteries for Iranian missiles has been described as "depressed but determined" by his leading human rights lawyer.
Christopher Tappin, 63, of Larch Dene, Farnborough claims he was the victim of an American authority sting after being arrested in 2006.
The Kent County Golf Union president says a business contact handled a deal for his company Brooklands Freight Services, in which batteries worth £5,000 each were exported to Holland for use in the car industry. But the US authorities allege he knew they would travel from Holland to Iran to be used in missile building and if he is found guilty he faces 35 years in prison.
Home Secretary Theresa May has now signed his extradition order but his solicitors have begun an appeal.
Speaking to the Times, his lawyer Karen Todner, who is also representing accused US hacker Gary McKinnon, said: “He will be vigilantly defending the extradition appeal and we’re hoping that the High Court will intervene.
“If the appeal fails it would be traumatic for him. He would be taken away, probably in chains and an orange suit and put in a maximum security prison in America.
“He is the sole carer for his wife and she is quite poorly. There is no way she could go to America and he would be in jail anyway.
“This is a man of good character. He is the president of a golf club.
His mood is determined but depressed. His case is strong but it’s so very difficult to defeat extradition requests.”
Mr Tappin’s appeal is expected to be heard in the High Court in September or October.