RIA Novosti 
May 13, 2013
An Iranian government spokesman has dismissed a media report claiming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could face 74 lashes for breaking the country’s election rules, the official IRNA news agency said on Monday.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday that Iran’s Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog run by senior clerics, would seek possible charges against the president, after he accompanied his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei when Mashaei registered as a candidate for Iran’s June 14 presidential election.
The Council claims that by doing so, Ahmadinejad tried to promote his protégé Mashaei as his successor. Iran’s constitution bans the incumbent president from supporting a successor.
Footage of the two men together during Mashaei’s registration was broadcast by Iranian state television on Saturday. If convicted, Ahmadinejad could face 74 lashes or six months behind bars, the report said.
Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said the president did not break election rules as he attended the registration of candidates as an individual and not as the country’s leader.
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