A federal judge in Texas released British millionaire Christopher Tappin from custody yesterday, but ordered him to remain in the state while awaiting trial on charges he attempted to sell missile parts to Iran.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Castaneda ordered Tappin to surrender his British passport after going through the security checkpoint at the El Paso airport for a flight to Houston, where he will live with one of his attorneys.
Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, was required to put down $50,000 dollars cash to secure his US$1 million dollar bail. He is charged with attempting to buy 50 batteries for Hawk surface-to-air missiles and ship them to Iran.
Tappin, who has pleaded not guilty, was extradited to the U.S. in February following a lengthy legal battle. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.