No more Detention for Bankrupt Persons


The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled for the unconstitutionality of part of Article 561/2 of the Egyptian Commercial Code as well as part of Article 586/1 in what they provide for the power of the court to detain the bankrupt person or impose a travel ban thereon.

The Supreme Constitutional Court said that these provisions violate the bankrupt’s right of personal freedom, which is a right strictly protected under Articles 54 and 92 of the Egyptian Constitution. The bankrupt person, as long as it does not commit a fraud or a willful misconduct, is only a person who faced financial difficulties preventing it from meeting its financial obligations, which is not a crime in itself to justify the 'harsh' criminal penalty of detention.

This ruling comes in line with the draft Bankruptcy Law expected to be issued soon.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Dr. Eman Riad, or Heba Elkady.

Posted in News on Apr 27, 2017