PM amends, extends Defense Order on defaulters

[31-01-2023 01:57 PM]

Ammon News - Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh Tuesday decided to amend the provisions of Defense Order No. 28 of 2021, issued under Defense Law No. 13 of 1992 on the imprisonment of debt defaulters, extending it until April 30, 2023.

Before the amendment of Article (1) of the defense order, debt defaulters would be jailed if they borrowed sums exceeding JD100,000. However, the amendment lowered the maximum threshold to JD20,000.

Article two of the same defense order, related to the imprisonment of those who have issued bounced checks, has also been amended, jailing those who write bounced checks for an amount of up to JD20,000 (JD100,000 previously).

The total number of people wanted for civil debt cases is 157,367 defaulters, including 137,715 people whose debts are less than JD20,000. Under the amended article, a total of 19,652 defaulters whose debts exceed JD20,000 will face imprisonment. A total of 30,669 people are wanted for issuing bounced checks, of which 13,151 people issued checks worth more than JD20,000.

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