A bank took a citizen to court for loan default but the man was so scared of facing the court that he did not attend a single hearing and was consequently sentenced to six months in jail.
Luckily for him, though, the court ordered that the sentence be kept in abeyance until he was charged again for a similar offence.
But that did not prevent his employers from sacking him due to the stigma of a court sentence against him.
With no income, the man, who is married and has five children, moved from a large rented accommodation into a small attachment to a villa whose rent is much lower.
The neighbours, some of them kind-hearted and generous, somehow came to know of his plight and touched by the suffering of his wife and children, began providing him food, among other things.
The man owes a total of QR280,000 in loans to banks and individuals and no one knows what he did with the huge sum.
In his 40s, the national has been desperately trying for a job but prospective employers are reluctant to hire him because of the court verdict against him.
“He is living the life of a fugitive,” Al Sharq said.
The man requested the bank that took him to court to issue a letter addressed to the state-run Zakat Fund for financial assistance, but the bank refused to oblige him, leaving him in the lurch.
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