N. Charleston businessman on trial for alleged Iran exports

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - A North Charleston businessman is going on trial in federal court this week on charges of illegally exporting goods to Iran.

Federal prosecutors also say Markos Baghdasarian lied to federal agents about trying to get South Carolina products into Iran. His jury trial opens on Monday.

It's against the law to trade with Iran without special permission from the government. Federal law also requires exporters to file forms saying where their shipments are going.

The U.S. attorney's office says between 2010 and 2011, Baghdasarian took orders for oils from customers in Iran, made fake labels to hide who he was sending products to and exported the products.

Prosecutors say aviation lubricating oil was illegally shipped to Iran through two men working with Baghdasarian. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Former South Carolina U.S. Attorney Bart Daniel is defending Baghdasarian.  Daniel says Baghdasarian has been living in Atlanta since his arrest in May.

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