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Tappin wife's evidence over extradition

The wife of a British man who has been extradited to the US accused of arms dealing has told MPs the couple felt "heart-rending sadness and utter disbelief" at a succession of legal rulings against him.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 February 2012, Elaine Tappin, the wife of retried businessman Christopher Tappin, broke down in tears as she told MPs how the family coped in the days before the extradition.

Mr Tappin is currently in jail in Texas facing a possible 35 year sentence, but he claims that he is the victim of entrapment.

The committee's inquiry is focusing on a number of concerns over extradition policies, including the agreement between the US and the UK.

MPs have also used the inquiry to debate the application of the European Arrest Warrant, which allows for extradition between EU countries.

A number of on-going cases, such as those of alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon, and alleged terrorist suspect Babar Ahmad, have been raised during the inquiry.

Evidence was also taken from Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell, Attorney General Dominic Grieve, and Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer.

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