Construction sector rejects amendment to Penal Code

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AMMAN — The Jordanian Construction Contractors Association, the Jordanian Engineers Association, and investors in the Jordanian housing sector on Sunday held a press conference expressing their rejection of the amended draft of Article 175 of the Penal Code 2022, which stipulates that anyone who commits fraud while carrying out his contractual obligations with the purpose of benefitting or bringing prejudice to the public administration shall be punished either with suspension of work or with up to five years in prison.اضافة اعلان

The head of the Jordanian Construction Contractors Association, Ayman Al-Khudari, told Jordan News that the article “mentions the suspension of a contractor for a period of six months, renewable, this provides a fertile environment for accusing contractors of fraud, which could deter investors from considering Jordan in the future”.

According to Khudari, the press conference attendees believe the amendment would “raise prices in the housing sector by 30 percent because of the huge effect this amendment will have on grants and loans that finance major housing projects in Jordan”.

He added that the amendment “came at a time when major projects were announced within the so-called New Levant, including the construction of a railway from Aqaba to Amman, of the national water carrier project, and other huge projects”, and might prejudice them.

The amendment gives anyone the possibility to accuse a contractor of fraud, and suspend his activity during the whole period of the investigation, Al-Khudari said.

He stressed that by rejecting the draft, the association does not defend or encourage fraud, and that the association will take measures against “anyone who intends to cheat by any means”.

Criminal justice attorney Omar Al-Jazi told Jordan News that “there is no actual need for this amendment since there is a standard contract for construction projects published in 2010 by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing which solves all the issues that might happen between the owner and the contractor”.

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