British man, Christopher Tappin, the retired businessman, who was accused of selling weapons parts to Iran, is to change his plea to guilty after reportedly reaching a deal with US prosecutors ahead of his US trial on the 1st November.

Tappin was extradited to the US in 2010 to face charges of conspiring to sell batteries for Iranian missiles and could face up to 35 years in jail. He had previously denied the charges, claiming he was the victim of an FBI sting.

The former director of Surrey-based Brooklands International Freight Services said he bought the 50 Oxide batteries, believing they were to be used in the Dutch car industry. Speaking in April, Tappin said: "I'm not a terrorist. I've never had any connections with terrorism and I'm just appalled that things could come to this sort of stage - especially in my life now, when I'm 65, been retired for four years and enjoying retirement."

It is believed that Tappin changed his plea to guilty after it emerged that by co-operating and providing evidence against others to the US prosecution, it would result in a lower sentence and more leniency.

Written and presented by Ann Salter.