Saturday 03 April 2021
Books – Muhammad Ataya:
The American newspaper “Washington Post” said that the Jordanian authorities have arrested the former crown prince of Jordan, the half-brother of King Abdullah II, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, and prominent former officials, on charges of threatening the country’s stability, after they plotted a plot to “overthrow the king.”
It added that Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the eldest son of the late King Hussein and his American-born wife Queen Noor, was placed under restrictions in his palace in Amman, amid an ongoing investigation into an “alleged plot to overthrow his half-brother, King Abdullah II,” according to what a senior intelligence official said in Al-Sharq al-Awsat is informed of events, told the Washington Post
For its part, the official Jordanian agency “Petra” confirmed that Prince Hamzah is not arrested and is not subject to any restrictive measures, while the reasons for the arrests of prominent officials were not clarified, or whether there was a “conspiracy against the king.”
The “Washington Post” stated that this step came in the wake of the discovery of what palace officials described as a “complex and long-term conspiracy” involving at least a member of the Jordanian royal family, as well as tribal leaders and members of the country’s security establishment.
“Additional arrests are expected,” the intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, referring to “security sensitivities surrounding the ongoing law enforcement operation.”
A Jordanian advisor for minors confirmed that the arrests were made against the backdrop of “threatening the country’s stability.”
Prince Hamzah held the position of Crown Prince of Jordan for four years before the title was transferred to the eldest son of the current Jordanian monarch, King Hussein.
The intelligence official said, “Jordanian army officers informed Hamzah of his detention, and they arrived at his home with guards, even as the other arrests continued.” The widespread arrests have also been reported on Jordanian social media.
The intelligence official described the plan as “well organized”. He said that the conspirators appeared to have “external relations,” although he gave no details.
The security authorities in Jordan have arrested former prominent officials for security reasons, including Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, the former chief of the royal court, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, the king’s former special envoy to Saudi Arabia.
The Jordanian News Agency, Petra, said today, Saturday, that “and after close security follow-up, the Jordanian citizens, Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid, Basem Ibrahim Awad Allah, and others were arrested for security reasons.”