Top officials arrested in alleged plot against Jordan's King

Sunday, 04 Apr, 2021

An advisor to the palace also confirmed the arrests, the report added.

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Hamzah was asked to "stop some movements and activities that are being used to target Jordan's security and stability", said Gen Yousef Huneiti, the army chief of staff.

Prince Hamza bin Hussein was formerly Crown Prince of Jordan.

In a statement published by the state news agency, the military said the warning to Prince Hamzah was part of a broader, ongoing security investigation in which a former minister, a junior member of the royal family and unnamed others were detained. "God bless and keep them safe", she tweeted.

Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the eldest son of the late King Hussein and his US-born fourth wife Queen Noor, claimed in a video recording on Saturday that he had been told to stay at home and not to contact anyone by "the chief of general staff of the Jordanian armed forces".

Many countries and groups have reacted saying King Abdullah has their full support.

Hamzeh, 41, the ruling king's half brother, served as Jordan's crown prince for four years until 2004, when the title was transferred to the king's eldest son, Hussein.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi at a press conference in Berlin
Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi at a press conference in Berlin

Arrests of top officials and royal family members are rare in Jordan, seen as one of the Arab world's most stable countries. He stressed that all the measures taken were carried out within the framework of the law and after extensive investigations that were required, Petra reported.

Prince Hamzah bin Hussein worked with "foreign entities" to destabilise the state, Ayman Safadi said. But he says a longtime senior official who has business ties in several Gulf Arab states, Bassem Awadallah, was involved and had been planning on leaving the country.

Egypt voiced support for King Abdullah and his efforts "to maintain the security and stability of the kingdom against any attempts to undermine it", its presidency spokesman wrote on Facebook.

Arrests of top officials and royal family members are rare in Jordan, a key western ally that has proven a vital partner to the U.S. particularly in its fight against terror groups in neighbouring Syria.

Jordan's neighbours and allies expressed solidarity with King Abdullah over the security measures in the kingdom, an important ally of the United States.

He was named crown prince of Jordan in 1999 and was a favourite of King Hussein, who often described him in public as the "delight of my eye".

Stability in Jordan and the status of the king have always been matters of concern throughout the region, particularly during the Trump administration, which gave unprecedented support to Israel and sought to isolate the Palestinians, including by slashing funding for Palestinian refugees.

With Hamzah remaining under house arrest Sunday, it was unclear how long the standoff could continue without threatening Abdullah's worldwide standing. Discontent has risen, with Jordanians increasingly angry over the government's handling of the pandemic and its inability to contain the economic devastation wreaked by strong lockdowns and weekend quarantines.