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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A North Charleston businessman is going on trial on charges of illegally exporting goods to Iran.

Attorneys gave opening statements on Monday in the case of Markos Baghdasarian. Federal prosecutors say the businessman lied to federal agents about trying to get South Carolina products into Iran.

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.

Prosecutors say aviation lubricating oil was illegally shipped to Iran through two men working with Baghdasarian.

Former South Carolina U.S. Attorney Bart Daniel is defending Baghdasarian. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/R1ZQXY) that Daniel said in court Monday his client is innocent and will testify later this week.


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