Sharjah Police resolved over 6,000 debt cases last year
Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah
The Sharjah Police managed to resolve as many as 6,210 cases and repay Dh313.169 million to creditors as part of 'reconciliation is best way" initiative in 2018.
Dr Khalifa Kalender, director of the Police Stations Department at Sharjah Police General Headquarters, said that the initiative, which was launched in 2011, has achieved its goals during the previous years.
The initiative that helps solve financial disputes amicably between two parties and reduce the number of bounced check cases is aimed at protecting the debtors' rights and ensuring that their money is restored to them. It also contributes to reducing loads of files to be referred to the Public Prosecution and courts, besides protecting the families to strengthen the stability of the society. "The initiative's goal is also to achieve the objectives of the Ministry of Interior's strategic plan aimed at maintaining the public's confidence in providing distinguished and high-quality services," he added.
Dr Kalender added that the initiative has achieved many positive results that contributed to the stability of society through the settlement of financial disputes and maintaining of relations between the parties.
The statistics showed that as part of the initiative, Al Buhairah, Al Gharb and Hira Comprehensive Police Stations resolved 5,167 disputes in 2016 and resulted in restoring of Dh345,772 to its owners. In 2017, these police stations resolved 6,923 cases, resulting in restoring Dh347.764 million to the complainants.
Dr Kalender explained that the police stations would initially accept the case without establishing a lawsuit and offer to resolve the dispute amicably. "If the creditor accepts the offer, the police station would refer the case to the financial dispute department to solve the issue amicably between the two parties. Defaulted debtors who have a record of the same crime would not be able to benefit from the initiative. The dispute section would call the debtor to the police station to discuss the possibility of paying off his debts. The debtor will be given a period of maximum three months to pay off his debts and when he pays off the amount, the police would notify the complainant.
Banks show leniency to mark Year of Tolerance
A legal advisor at a bank said that banks do not benefit from the imprisonment of the defaulted borrowers as it is considered loss of time. Settlement through the initiative would give the debtor time to settle the total dues or part of it.�
"This year, some banks would waive part of the owed amount by the debtors to mark the Year of Tolerance in case they proved they don't have a source to pay back the amount."
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