Ahmadinejad risks 74 lashes for allegedly breaking Iranian election law

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could face 74 lashes or six months in jail if punished to the full extent of the law for breaking electoral rules by accompanying his chief of staff to register as a candidate in Iran’s forthcoming elections.

Footage of a smiling Mr Ahmadinejad accompanying Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei to the electoral registry was broadcast on state television on Saturday.

In an off-guard moment, the Iranian president was caught apparently muttering to his aid and confidant that if questions were raised as to why he had accompanied him to the electoral registry, “tell them I’m on a day off work.”

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Following a complaint, the Guardian Council said it might seek charges against Mr Ahmadinejad. The council, which is charged with vetting all 680 hopeful presidential candidates, said public fund rules were broken.

Mr Ahmadinejad, who is constitutionally forbidden from running for a third term, has pushed for Mr Mashaei…

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