Former Crown Prince Hamzah of Jordan under house arrest

Andrew Cummings
April 5, 2021

A new audio recording of Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has been given to Middle East Eye, in which the detained royal says he will not obey the restrictive orders handed to him by the military.

Jordan's Foreign Affairs Minister Ayman Al Safadi said on Sunday Prince Hamzah was plotting to destabilize Jordan.

Meanwhile, two senior ex-officials and several others were arrested, as rumours of an alleged coup attempt against King Abdullah II, Hamzah's half-brother, swirled.

Huneiti said that Prince Hamzah was asked to "cease any movement and activities that could be used to target the security and stability of Jordan " and that "a comprehensive joint investigations carried out by the security services led to the arrests of Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid and Bassan Awadallah and others", Petra reported.

Most politicians believe Prince Hamza will be silenced and unlikely to pose a threat, given that the armed and security forces strongly support King Abdullah.

King Abdullah, 59, removed Hamza from his position as crown prince in 2004, thwarting the ambitions of his stepmother Queen Noor who had groomed her eldest son for the throne since childhood.

Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and other regional governments also quickly expressed support for Abdullah in what was seen in part as a testament to Jordan's strategic significance in the region.

"Jordan is normally a stable Arab kingdom that has been a staunch ally of countries in Europe and the U.S., particularly when it comes to counterterrorism cooperation in the Middle East", Sweis said.

"Jordan's security and safety is a fundamental basis for the security and safety of the Arab world", Lebanese Prime Minister designate Saad al-Hariri said on Twitter.

The authorities intercepted communications between Hamza and foreign parties over the timing of steps to undermine Jordan's security, Safadi said at a news conference.

In a slightly different version of the events, Reuters reported that Jordan's military told Prince Hamza to to stop his actions against the security and stability of the country. He has good relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders.

In the statement, Hamzah said he had been informed he was being punished for taking in part in meetings in which the king had been criticised, though he himself was not accused of being a direct critic.

In the phone call, King Mohammed VI expressed his full support for the decisions of King Abdullah II to ensure the stability and security in his country.

Stability in Jordan and the status of the king have always been a 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. For the first several years he was the king's confidant and for some time the finance minister.

"King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support".

He had played a key role pushing for economic reforms in the country before he resigned in 2008 amid criticism over alleged interference in sensitive political and economic issues.

It declared independence in 1946.

Despite having little oil wealth and severely lacking water, the kingdom has managed to survive repeated wars in the region which have sent waves of refugees across its borders.

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