POSTED: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 3:26pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 3:30pm
EL PASO - A retired British businessman who is accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran arrived in El Paso this weekend for his federal trial.
Christopher Tappin was extradited from England. On Monday he's expected to make his first court appearance on charges that he offered to sell batteries for Iranian missiles to undercover U.S. agents in 2006. Tappin lost a lengthy battle against extradition and said he was disappointed the British Government was unable to help him.
"I have no rights. Abu Gatada is walking the streets of London today, and we cannot extradite him," Tappin said. "He has more rights than I have. If I was a terrorist I wouldn't be going to America. I think it's a shame, it's a disgrace."
He denies wrongdoing and says he's the victim of a sting operation.
The 65-year-old faces up to 35-years in jail if convicted.