House of Representatives
House of Representatives

Representative Hamad Al-Kooheji submitted a bill to amend Article 362 of the Criminal Procedure Law promulgated by Decree-Law No. 46 of 2002.


The amendment stipulates that Article 362 of the law shall be replaced by a new text stating: “The penalty execution judge may grant the convicted person in exceptional circumstances upon his request and after taking the opinion of the Public Prosecution a time limit to pay the amounts owed to the state, or to authorize him to pay them in installments, provided that the period does not exceed Over 5 years, it is not permissible to appeal the decision issued to accept or reject the request, and if the convict delays paying the installment, the remaining installments shall be settled, and the judge may recourse to the order issued by him if there is reason to do so.

The proposed law was based on Article 4 of the Constitution, which states: “Justice is the basis of governance, cooperation and compassion are a firm bond between citizens, freedom, equality, security, tranquility, science, social solidarity and equal opportunities among citizens are pillars of society guaranteed by the state.”

The presenter of the proposal, Representative Hamad Al-Kooheji, said that the sums owed by the convicts are huge and large and cannot be paid on time in exchange for being in a weak condition and cannot be paid in installments over only 24 months, which is currently in force, so the proposal came to extend the period to 5 years instead of two years Just.
Al-Kooheji pointed out that the proposed amendment came to help those who were sentenced in criminal judgments to bypass the stage they went through as a result of the ruling issued against them and to return to their lives and practice it naturally with their families, with the obligation to pay the amounts due on them.

He stated that the amendment gave the punishment enforcement judge the discretionary power in this matter by studying the material and social condition of the convicted person.