A leading former Jordanian royal aide was amongst numerous suspects detained Saturday as the army cautioned a half-brother of King Abdullah II versus damaging the country’s security.
Videos published online revealed a heavy cops release in the Dabouq location near the royal palaces as the Washington Post stated Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, who is likewise a former crown prince, was “put under limitation” as part of a probe into an alleged plot to unseat the king.
” The move followed the discovery of what palace officials described as a complex and significant plot,” it said, pricing quote a senior Middle East intelligence official.
Hamzah is the oldest child of late King Hussein and his American better half Queen Noor. He has good relations formally with Abdullah and is a popular figure near to tribal leaders.
Abdullah had selected his half-brother Hamzah crown prince in line with Hussein’s passing away wish, however in 2004 stripped him of the title and offered it to his own eldest boy Hussein.
The Washington Post stated the supposed plot “included a minimum of one other Jordanian royal along with tribal leaders and members of the country’s security facility”.
Prince Hamzah of Jordan seen in this August 1999 photo is the eldest son of the late King Hussein and his American-born better half Queen Noor also pictured here AFP/ JAMAL NASRALLAH
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington was “closely following” the reports.
” We are … in touch with Jordanian authorities. King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our complete support,” he stated.
Neighbouring Saudi Arabia reacted quickly to developments in Amman.
” The kingdom worries its complete assistance for the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan … and for the choices and steps taken by King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein to safeguard security and stability,” it said.
Jordan’s Joint Chiefs of Personnel head, Major General Yousef Huneiti, denied media reports that Hamzah, who holds no main position, had been detained.
” What has actually been published about the arrest of Prince Hamzah is not real,” Huneiti stated.
However the prince had actually been “asked to stop some activities that might be used to shake the stability and security of Jordan”.
Bassem Awadallah, seen in this June 2006 image, is a previous assistant to the Jordanian king who was detained for “security reasons” in addition to several other Jordanians according to authorities in Amman AFP/ Joseph BARRAK
Authorities news company Petra named Bassem Awadallah, chief of the royal court in 2007-2008, and Sherif Hassan bin Zaid among an unspecified number of suspects jailed.
Sherif is a title given to those near the royal family in Jordan.
The pair were apprehended for “security reasons” after a “close” operation, Petra said, estimating a security source.
Awadallah, a former finance and planning minister informed in the United States, was close to the king however has also been a controversial figure in Jordan.
Prior to ending up being royal court chief in 2007, he was head of the king’s cabinet in 2006.
He had been a rising figure in Jordan playing an essential role in pushing for financial reforms in the cash-strapped nation up until he resigned in 2008.
Awadallah stepped down after coming under public criticism over alleged disturbance in questionable political and economic concerns.
Saturday’s security sweep comes as Jordan prepares to mark 100 years given that the brand-new kingdom then named Transjordan was established alongside Palestine under British required.
It declared independence in 1946, and despite having little oil wealth, severely lacking water and consistently being rocked by wars on its borders, Jordan has actually survived.
However the centenary will be muted.
Abdullah took the throne in 1999, on the death of his daddy Hussein, and has utilized the slogans “Jordan first” and “We are all Jordanians” to cement a national identity.