Former Jordanian Crown Prince under house arrest on suspicion of attempted coup d’etat

Former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzabin Hussein was put under house arrest early Saturday after allegedly plotting a coup against his half-brother King Abdullah, sources familiar with the situation told Axios.

News promotion: Jordanian security forces have arrested more than 20 former Jordanian officials, including former court chief Basem Awadara, Prince Hamza’s chief of staff Yassel Majari, and former Jordanian envoy Saudi Arabia Hassan bin Zayed.

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  • Security officials told Jordan’s official news agency Petra that all suspects, except the Crown Prince, had been under surveillance for some time and were arrested for security charges.

  • Petra denied that Hamza was under house arrest or arrested.

  • Washington post First reported About the arrest of the former crown prince.

State of play: In the video Issued by the BBCPrince Hamza communicated with others as the Jordanian Armed Forces General Manager arrived at his home on Saturday morning and was mentioned in meetings and social media posts he was attending. Criticism of the king and the government that told him that he was not allowed to do anything.

  • “When I asked him if I was criticizing him, he said’no’,” Hamza said. “He said this was a warning from him, the police chief, and the intelligence chief that he shouldn’t leave the house, tweet, or meet his family.”

  • He added that some of his friends were arrested, his security was released, and his telephone line was cut off. He said his internet connection was about to be disabled and he might not be able to communicate anymore.

  • “I’m not responsible for the corruption and incompetence of our government,” Hamza said in a video. “I am not responsible for the lack of faith of the people of the government.”

  • Hamza denied that he was behind the plot, or that he was supported by foreign elements. He said the government was lying and emphasized that he was suffering from retaliation by the government because of his criticism.

What they are saying: The commander of Jordanian General Youssef al-Funati issued a statement emphasizing that Prince Hamza was not arrested but was asked to stop activities and movements that were being abused to ensure the safety and stability of Jordan. did.

  • Al-Huneiti said the investigation is ongoing and the conclusions will be published with complete transparency. He added that all actions taken were in accordance with the law.

  • “We are closely tracking reports and keeping in touch with Jordanian authorities. King Abdullah is a major partner in the United States and he is our full-fledged partner,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. I have support. “

Flashback: Prince Hamza, the half-brother of King Abdullah, is very popular in Jordan for his modest behavior and similarities with his father, the late King Hussein.

  • Hamza was the crown prince for the first five years after King Abdullah took the throne. As a result, Prince Hussein, son of King Abdullah, was clearly the heir. Prince Hussein was officially appointed Crown Prince in 2009.

Big picture: Jordan sent a message to Israel that “the situation is in control” after the wave of arrests, and there is no threat to the stability of the kingdom.

Line spacing: The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated Jordan’s economic crisis. In recent weeks, Jordan’s new surge in cases of COVID-19 has led to severe criticism of the government and protests in several cities.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzabin Hussein was under house arrest.

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