Extending Defense Order 28 until year end sparks controversy

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AMMAN — On Monday, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh extended the provisions of Defense Order No. 28 for the year 2021, issued under the provisions of Defense Law No. 13 for the year 1992, related to the imprisonment of debtors, until December 31, 2022.اضافة اعلان

The decision seems to have sparked widespread disagreement, with supporters saying that it is a correct decision, in view of to the difficult economic conditions, and opponents claiming that it will deprive creditors of the legitimate right to recover their money from debtors or of to take legal action against them.

Attorney Anas Al-Da’aja told Jordan News that “the extension of the defense order interferes with the court’s peremptory decisions”, adding that “this is a clear violation of the financial rights of Jordanians, and a clear violation of what was stated in the Royal request, which ordered the defense law to be implemented in the narrowest scope and to ensure respect for private property”.

According to attorney Hassan Al-Hattab, “the decision was right, in view of the current economic circumstances”.

“It also gives the government an opportunity to work on amending legislation that guarantees rights and equality between two parties,” he said, adding that “the government should announce its future intention regarding an extension so as not to freeze the economy”.

MP Farid Haddad said that the government issued the decision because it “is unable to provide solutions and is trying to avoid the crisis by extending the defense order”.

Haddad told Jordan News that “the government resorted to extending the defense order to protect itself, in light of the current circumstances resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“I wish that the government had given a serious indication of its unwillingness to extend the order again, so that there is an opportunity to repay the debt and secure rights,” he pointed out.

He stressed that “all we fear today is that people will resort to taking what is rightfully theirs through thuggery”.

Moreover, he said, the government resorted to extending the defense order because prisons do not have the capacity to accommodate more inmates.

MP Zainab Al-Mousa told Jordan News that “this decision was taken in view of the current conditions, resulting from the pandemic”.

She stressed that “the economic situation has become more difficult due to the decline in purchasing power, high prices, high rates of poverty and unemployment”, reiterating that it may be a solution to the overcrowding in prisons.

She added that “this decision should achieve balance, provided that it takes into account the most affected groups and ensures that the financial rights of individuals and institutions are not violated”.

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