Former Jordanian crown prince reportedly under house arrest

James Marshall
April 4, 2021

Former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein claimed he is under house arrest Saturday, according to video provided by his lawyer to the BBC.

"Initial investigations showed these activities and movements had reached a stage that directly affected the security and stability of the country, but his majesty decided it was best to talk directly to Prince Hamza, to deal with it within the family to prevent it from being exploited", he said.

In his videos, Prince Hamzah, the king's half-brother, said he had been told he could not go out or communicate with people.

"The Iraqi government affirms that it stands with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in any steps taken to preserve the security and stability of the country and take care of the interests of the brotherly people of Jordan, in a way that boosts their presence, by relying on measures that aim to extend the respect of the state", the foreign ministry said in a statement. Prince Hamza denied any wrongdoing.

Jordanian security forces had earlier arrested a former adviser to King Abdullah, a member of the royal family and others on "security-related" grounds, the Petra state news agency said.

These included a foreign intelligence agency contacting Prince Hamza's wife to organise a plane for the couple to leave Jordan, he said.

Jordan would investigate whether there was a foreign hand in the plot, said the former U.S. official.

What do we know so far?

The pair were detained for "security reasons" after a "close" operation, Petra said, quoting a security source.

One of them is Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, who was the chief of the Royal Hashemite Court for one year in 2007. Awadallah and a second senior official, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, are among the suspects in custody.

Then-Crown Prince Hamza Bin al Hussein and Princess Noor Bint Aasem Bin Nayef pose for
Ex-Crown Prince of Jordan is put 'under house arrest' as he accuses officials of 'corruption'

He said he told the army chief: "I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse by the year".

Jordan's former crown prince Hamzah and his wife Basma.

General Yousef Huneiti said an investigation is still ongoing and its results will be made public "in a transparent and clear form".

Middle East media reported that Jordanian officials were due to brief the media on the arrests later Saturday.

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 King renewed his full and "natural" solidarity with King Abdullah II and expressed support for all of his decisions to ensure stability and security in his country. "King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support", he said.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Lebanon reiterated their support for King Abdullah.

The details remained murky, but any internal unrest would raise alarms among the US and other Western nations, which have long viewed Jordan's ruling monarchy as a key military ally and a bastion of stability in a volatile region.

The United States, which considers Jordan a critical ally and has partnered with the country for years on USA -led counterterrorism operations, said that Abdullah had its "full support".

While there has been previous rumours about division within Jordan's royal family, such a public split is rare.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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