A top former Jordanian royal aide was amongst a number of suspects jailed Saturday in a security sweep, as the army warned a half-brother of King Abdullah II versus damaging the nation’s security.
Videos published online showed a heavy police deployment in the Dabouq location near the royal palaces, while the previous crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein said he was confined to his house.
In a video the BBC stated it acquired from his legal representative, Prince Hamzah said a number of his good friends had been arrested, his security removed and his internet and phone lines cut.
He denied belonging to “any conspiracy or nefarious organisation”, however stated the Hashemite kingdom had actually “ended up being stymied in corruption, in nepotism, and in misrule” where no-one was allowed to criticise the authorities.
Official news firm Petra named former close aides to the royal household Bassem Awadallah, chief of the royal court in 2007-2008, and Sherif Hassan bin Zaid among an unspecified variety of suspects apprehended.
Prince Hamzah of Jordan seen in this August 1999 picture is the oldest son of the late King Hussein and his American-born spouse Queen Noor also visualized here AFP/ JAMAL NASRALLAH
Sherif is a title offered to those near the royal family in Jordan.
The set were apprehended for “security reasons” after a “close” operation, Petra stated, quoting a security source.
Hamzah is the oldest son of late King Hussein and his American other half Queen Noor. He has great relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders.
Bassem Awadallah, seen in this June 2006 picture, is a previous assistant to the Jordanian king who was arrested for “security reasons” together with several other Jordanians according to authorities in Amman AFP/ Joseph BARRAK
Abdullah had actually appointed Hamzah crown prince in 1999 in line with Hussein’s passing away wish, but in 2004 removed him of the title and provided it to his own eldest kid Hussein.
The army denied Saturday that Prince Hamzah, who holds no main position, had actually been detained.
” What has been published about the arrest of Prince Hamzah is not true,” stated Joint Chiefs of Staff head, Major General Yousef Huneiti.
But the prince had actually been “asked to stop some activities that might be used to shake the stability and security of Jordan”.
A country of 10 million individuals, Jordan’s economy was currently suffering before the Covid pandemic hit.
Jordanian King Abdullah II appointed his half-brother Hamzah bin Hussein as crown prince in 1999, only to strip him of the title in 2004 and designate his own kid Jordanian Royal Palace/ –
The Washington Post alleged the former crown prince was “positioned under restriction” as part of a probe into a supposed plot to unseat the king.
” The relocation followed the discovery of what palace authorities described as a complex and far-reaching plot,” it stated, pricing quote a senior Middle East intelligence authorities.
The supposed plot “consisted of at least one other Jordanian royal in addition to tribal leaders and members of the country’s security facility,” the United States daily included.
United States State Department spokesperson Ned Cost stated Washington was “closely following” the occasions in its close regional ally.
” We are … in touch with Jordanian authorities. King Abdullah is an essential partner of the United States, and he has our full assistance,” he said.
Neighbouring Saudi Arabia reacted swiftly to advancements in Amman.
” The kingdom stresses its complete support for the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan … and for the choices and measures taken by King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein to secure security and stability,” it said.
Awadallah, a previous finance and planning minister informed in the United States, was close to the king but has actually likewise been a controversial figure in Jordan.
Prior to becoming royal court chief in 2007, he was head of the king’s cabinet in 2006.
He had actually been a rising figure in Jordan playing a key 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 declared interference in questionable political and economic concerns.
Saturday’s security sweep comes as Jordan prepares to mark 100 years considering that the new kingdom then called Transjordan was established alongside Palestine under British required.
It declared independence in 1946, and regardless of having little oil wealth, badly doing not have water and repeatedly being rocked by wars on its borders, the kingdom has managed to survive the local upheavals.