New audio undermines Jordan’s foreign conspiracy claims

Jerusalem (AP) — A new recording that surfaced on Tuesday attempts to silence the former crown prince when Jordanian authorities meet with internal critics, a foreign plot for him to destabilize the Western Union’s monarchy. It shows that they questioned their claim that they were involved in.

It seems that the explosive meeting between Prince Hamza and the Chief of Staff of the Army has created a rare public crack in the highest ranks of the royal family. It also shows that deep tensions between the prince and security agencies can cause further headaches for his half-brother Abdullah II.

The alleged Saturday recording was circulated shortly after the palace, and the mediator near Prince Hamza said the royal family. Was in the process of resolving the crisis.. Hours after the recording surfaced, Jordan announced a ban on the disclosure of details related to the incident.

It seems to be a secret record of a meeting between Hamza and General Youssef Funati, the Army Chief of Staff, who came to the Prince’s Palace on Saturday to inform him that he was under house arrest. In the record, Army staff stated that the prince was being punished for meeting with individuals who “started talking more than necessary.”

The prince was angry, accusing the general of threatening him and saying he had no right to order members of the royal family.

“Can you come to me and tell me what to do in my house and who to meet from my country and my people? Are you threatening me? … do you come to my house and tell me that you and your security leader are threatening me? Don’t leave the house, go to your family and tweet? “

“Is the state’s poor performance due to me? Is it my fault? Forgive me, but is it my fault?” He says.

Funati speaks in a gentle voice, denying him threatening, saying he is merely delivering messages from intelligence agencies and general security officers. But by that time, Hamza is yelling at him. “Get in the car, Sir!” Neither man mentions the king.

The recording looks real and is consistent with the description of the prince’s previous encounter. It was unclear how that would affect the royal mediation efforts. Nothing was said about the status of the prince or those arrested.

The day after the meeting, Foreign Minister Aiman ​​Saffadi announced: Authorities arrested more than a dozen people and stopped foreign plotsNot to mention which country was involved. However, there is no mention of such a plot in the recording.

Hamza, In a video statement released late SaturdayDenied being part of any conspiracy, he accused authorities of years of corruption and incompetence. He said they were trying to silence him because of his criticism.

Both Abdullah and Hamza are sons of King Hussein, who has been loved for 20 years after his death. Abdullah, who took the throne in 1999, nominated Hamza as crown prince, but five years later he revoked the title and gave it to his eldest son.

Abdullah and Hamza are generally said to have a good relationship, but Hamza has also opposed government policy and has recently been seen as a threat to the king and has a strong relationship with tribal leaders. Is building.

Bordering Israel, the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, Jordan has long been seen as a stable fortress in turbulent regions. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy and has accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Jordanian analyst Amel Sabaile said the controversy “puts more pressure on the king” to reform the system before the ban was imposed. “The mistakes that the prince emphasized need to be addressed in another way.”

He also said the feud split the Jordanians and that much on social media expressed support for Hamza.

“Even at the emotional level, there is no need to divide society. He (the king) needs to take swift action to save the image of family and monarchy and the unity of society.”