TEHRAN, June 3 (UPI) -- Iranian legal officials said incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad overstepped his authority by saying he would release the names of known fraudsters.
Ahmadinejad, who based his 2005 election platform on economic issues, said he would publicize the names of so-called economic swindlers during his televised presidential campaign debate scheduled for Wednesday with former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi.
Alireza Jamshidi, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, said only his organization had the authority to release names and only after legal officials have considered the matter fully, the Iranian Press TV reports.
"The names of the fraudsters would only be revealed by the judiciary and upon a final verdict," he said.
Iran suffers from rampant unemployment and a double-digit rate of inflation. Ahmadinejad hopes to secure a second term in office on a legacy platform, though analysts and observers say most Iranians are concerned with foreign relations in this election cycle.
Iranians head to the voting booth June 12. Ahmadinejad faces challenges from Mousavi, an early favorite, former military commander Mohsen Rezaei and former Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi.