Police empowered to recover loans from defaulters

DUBAI — The Ministry of Justice issued an order in August last year empowering the police departments in all the emirates to recover the loan amounts from defaulters who were convicted and against whom ‘all points bulletin’ (all borders warning) had been issued.

By Mohsen Rashid (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Sat 5 Jan 2008, 8:46 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:46 PM

The ministerial order gave police the powers to arrest loan defaulters and recover the money by working out a compromise.

If the defaulter agrees to pay up the loan amount, the police may release him and not refer him to the Public Prosecution or the court.

These facts were mentioned at a Press conference that was held recently at the Umm Al Quwain court by counsellor Humaid Musapah Al Muhiri, Director of the Judicial Inspection Section in the Ministry of Justice.

The Press conference was attended by counsellor Jassim Saif Bu Assebah, chief of Umm Al Quwain Court of First Instance, as well Major Humaid Ahmed of Umm Al Quwain Police.

Counsellor Humaid Musapah stated that the Ministry of Justice had issued a circular to all police departments stipulating that in the event of arrest of any loan defaulter, police should try to recover the amount from the person. If the defaulter agrees to pay up, he should be released inmmediately.

While pointing out that there was a backlog of cases as old as five years, he said the ministry in collaboration with the courts in Abu Dhabi has launched new mechanisms to tackle the issue.

An officer has been appointed to coordinate between the courts and the police, he added.

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