A prime former Jordanian royal aide was amongst a number of suspects arrested Saturday in a safety sweep, as the military cautioned a half-brother of King Abdullah II towards damaging the nation’s safety.
Movies posted on-line confirmed a heavy police deployment within the Dabouq space close to the royal palaces, whereas the previous crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein stated he was confined to his residence.
In a video the BBC stated it obtained from his lawyer, Prince Hamzah stated quite a few his pals had been arrested, his safety eliminated and his web and cellphone traces lower.
He denied being a part of “any conspiracy or nefarious organisation”, however stated the Hashemite kingdom had “turn out to be stymied in corruption, in nepotism, and in misrule” the place no-one was allowed to criticise the authorities.
Official information company Petra named former shut aides to the royal household Bassem Awadallah, chief of the royal courtroom in 2007-2008, and Sherif Hassan bin Zaid amongst an unspecified variety of suspects arrested.
Sherif is a title given to these near the royal household in Jordan.
The pair have been detained for “safety causes” after a “shut” operation, Petra stated, quoting a safety supply.
Hamzah is the eldest son of late King Hussein and his American spouse Queen Noor. He has good relations formally with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a well-liked determine near tribal leaders.
Abdullah had appointed Hamzah crown prince in 1999 according to Hussein’s dying want, however in 2004 stripped him of the title and gave it to his personal eldest son Hussein.
The military denied Saturday that Prince Hamzah, who holds no official place, had been detained.
“What has been revealed concerning the arrest of Prince Hamzah is just not true,” stated Joint Chiefs of Workers head, Main Basic Yousef Huneiti.
However the prince had been “requested to cease some actions that might be used to shake the soundness and safety of Jordan”.
A rustic of 10 million folks, Jordan’s economic system was already struggling earlier than the Covid pandemic hit.
The Washington Publish alleged the previous crown prince was “positioned below restriction” as a part of a probe into an alleged plot to unseat the king.
“The transfer adopted the invention of what palace officers described as a fancy and far-reaching plot,” it stated, quoting a senior Center East intelligence official.
The alleged plot “included no less than one different Jordanian royal in addition to tribal leaders and members of the nation’s safety institution,” the US each day added.
US State Division spokesman Ned Worth stated Washington was “carefully following” the occasions in its shut regional ally.
“We’re… in contact with Jordanian officers. King Abdullah is a key accomplice of the USA, and he has our full help,” he stated.
Neighbouring Saudi Arabia reacted swiftly to developments in Amman.
“The dominion stresses its full help for the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan … and for the choices and measures taken by King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein to safeguard safety and stability,” it stated.
Awadallah, a former finance and planning minister educated in the USA, was near the king however has additionally been a controversial determine in Jordan.
Earlier than turning into royal courtroom chief in 2007, he was head of the king’s cupboard in 2006.
He had been a rising determine in Jordan taking part in a key position in pushing for financial reforms within the cash-strapped nation till he resigned in 2008.
Awadallah stepped down after coming below public criticism over alleged interference in controversial political and financial points.
Saturday’s safety sweep comes as Jordan prepares to mark 100 years for the reason that new kingdom then named Transjordan was established alongside Palestine below British mandate.
It declared independence in 1946, and regardless of having little oil wealth, severely missing water and repeatedly being rocked by wars on its borders, the dominion has managed to outlive the regional upheavals.