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Parliament: community service to be a penalty for loan defaulters instead of imprisonment

Saturday 13/January/2018 - 03:04 PM
Sada El Balad
Mohamed Emad

MP Margaret Azer، Under-Secretary of Human Rights Committee of Egypt’s Parliament، praised the bill on special provisions for loan defaulters.

The bill seeks to amend the penalty imposed on loan defaulters، whether to be imprisoned or jailed، by punishing them to do community services in places far from the prison at a nominal wage.

The bill will grant the defendant the right to submit a grievance against judge's decision.

Moreover، in remarks to Sada El Balad، Azer added that the bill will contribute to employ offenders and pay the fines imposed against them. That is better than imprisoning them، especially that the offenders when he comes out of prison he would be a denier of society. 

That’s better for all society members، Azer added.

This bill helps offenders to find jobs and learn a new craft instead of heading to criminality acts، said Azer.

Meanwhile، MP Subhi al-Dali، a member of the Human Rights Committee of Parliament، also praised the bill.

He said that it is better to apply community service penalty instead of imprisoning them to protect loan defaulter’s family from disintegration.

Noteworthy, loan defaulters may face up to three years of imprisonment, according to the current penal code.

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