No arrests at airports for public fund or student loan debts — minister

Queen Alia International Airport QAIA
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AMMAN — Minister of Finance Mohamad Al-Ississ clarified that people are not arrested at airports or border crossings, whether they owe public funds or student loans. But, they are orally notified without delay, a local media outlet reported. اضافة اعلان

He stressed that the notification does not prevent travel or delay but rather informs the citizen that they have a financial obligation and should contact the General Treasury Department to settle it.

Ississ, in response to a question by MP Khalil Atieh, also stated that the number of pending claims at the General Treasury Department amounted to 129,037, owed by both companies and individuals.

Provisional attachment orderIssiss additionally explained that provisional attachment orders are made in accordance with the Public Funds Law and are placed on movable and immovable assets.

He added that requests for notification of public funds are made orally without seizing personal documents or preventing travel, to allow individuals to review their claims, especially for those without clear phone numbers or addresses.

Public Funds Law applied regardless of valueThe minister also noted that the Ministry of Justice has an office at the airport that collects the owed amounts that have been legally ordered against individuals, and where individuals can pay any outstanding amounts.

Ississ explained that the General Treasury Department applies the Public Funds Law No. 6 of 1952 and its amendments, regardless of the value of the claim, where the value of small amounts is taken into consideration.

Seizure is only done when the claim is difficult to collect, he said.

He also noted that exempting public funds has a significant impact on treasury revenues, and exemption is periodically granted for small amounts and difficult cases that meet the criteria for exemption from public funds.

Regarding the student loan system, Ississ pointed out that exemption is only allowed in the event of the student borrower's death or total disability.

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