Execution Law, Penal Code amendments aims to eliminate disturbing phenomena in society, Gov't says


[11-05-2022 11:47 AM]

Ammon News - The government said that legislative amendments on some provisions of the Execution Law and the Penal Code were made to confront disturbing phenomena in the Jordanian society, including the imprisonment of the debtor, bounced checks and suicide attempts and criminalized bullying, racketeering and terrorizing society.

According to the government, the amendments allowed spreading a culture of tolerance and reconciliation in some crimes in which the common right is dropped by the victim's forgiveness, and to give individuals an opportunity to rectify their behavior.

The government's remarks were made in a press conference held Tuesday by Minister of State for Media Affairs, the government spokesperson, Faisal Shboul, and Justice Minister, Ahmad Ziadat, at the Ministry of Justice.

Shboul said the Jordanian state is entering its second centennial with a set of reform legislation that will have far-reaching impacts.

He explained that the government, under royal directives, completed, in close cooperation with the legislative body, many reform legislations during the current ordinary session of Parliament.

Shboul added that this ordinary session is a milestone in the history of parliamentary life, given the endorsement of a set of reform laws that will have far-reaching impacts in the political life system, such as the electoral laws and political parties and the constitutional amendments associated with them, in addition to a number of other laws.

He indicated that the government is examining the recommendation of the Senate regarding the extension of Defense Order No. 28 on the prevention of imprisonment of the debtor until the end of this year.

Shboul reiterated that the amendment on the bounced checks in the draft law amending the Penal Code will become effective 3 years after the law comes into force.

Justice Minister, Ahmad Ziadat, said that the debtor’s imprisonment issue has turned into a phenomenon, and the number of people wanted for a civil debt until the beginning of May of this year reached 150,000 people, including 82,000 people whose debts are less than JD5,000.

He added the introduction of a clear and explicit text in the draft amending law criminalizing bullying and racketeering and imposing penalties on perpetrators, and that the purpose of this development is to intensify the punishment for this group to maintain the rule of law and achieve public and private prevention.

Ziadat pointed out that the criminalization of suicide attempts in a public place came to protect the person and society from this phenomenon, and that the amendments dealt with dealing with the perpetrator of this act.




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