Jordan 'interrogates' King Abdullah's half-brother, detains top palace aide

Andrew Cummings
April 4, 2021

Petra News Agency has denied reports that the kingdom's former Crown Prince, Hamza, is among those arrested.

The Post quoted a statement by the Jordanian Armed Forces which confirmed the multiple arrests and said that Prince Hamzah had been "asked to cease all movements or activities that could be employed to target Jordan's security and stability".

In a video aired by the BBC, however, Hamzah said he was ordered to remain in his home.

"I wanted to make this recording so that it's clear to the world that what you see and hear in terms of the official line is not a reflection of the realities on the ground".

Unfortunately, this country has gone from one that was at the forefront of the region in terms of education and healthcare, in terms of human dignity and freedoms, to one in which even to criticise a small aspect of a policy leads to arrest and abuse by the security services. The former prince also denied all allegations of wrongdoing by the authorities.

Jordanian King Abdullah's half-brother and former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein has been told to halt actions used to target the country's "security and stability", the military said on Saturday (April 3).

A report by Washington Post said Hamzah was placed under house arrest amid an ongoing investigation into an alleged coup plot.

A former US official with knowledge of the events in Jordan said the threat did not involve a physical coup.

"The US administration knows that Bassam Awadullah works for MBS (Mohammed bin Salman)".

Petra did not offer additional details on the arrests, saying that an investigation is underway.

FILE - Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman, Dec. 10, 2020, in this photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court.

Huneiti said that investigations are continuing, and their results will be disclosed with full transparency and clarity.

He also emphasised that "no one is above the law and that Jordan's security and stability take precedence over any consideration".

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King Abdullah has succeeded in bringing political stability to the country and gaining stature as a prominent Arab leader whose message of moderation has found an echo, especially in Western forums.

The arrested aides include Hassan bin Zaid, a member of Jordan's royal family and envoy to Saudi Arabia, and Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, a long time confident of King Abdullah.

"The Kingdom affirms its complete stand by the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its full support with all its capabilities for all decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and His Highness Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II, Crown Prince, to maintain security and stability", according to the statement citing the Royal Court.

A growing list of Arab countries have voiced their support for King Abdullah.

King Abdullah has received statements of support from Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the United States.

Jordan has always been a key Western ally and an island of stability in a turbulent region. "King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support", said State Department spokesperson Ned Price in an email to CNN.

It is rare for a senior member of the ruling family to express such harsh criticism of the government, and any sign of instability in Jordan is likely to raise concerns among the country's Western allies.

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