The King of Jordan expressed his feelings of “shock, pain and anger” over the case of his half-brother, Prince Hamzah, accused of “conspiring against the country’s authorities.”
King Abdullah II said, in a speech to the nation that was televised and read by a broadcaster on Al-Mamlaka TV, that: “The parties to sedition were from inside and outside our home.
He added, “Nothing comes close to what I felt in terms of shock, pain and anger, as a brother and guardian of the Hashemite family, and as a leader of this dear people.”
The king sought to reassure the Jordanians, saying that the country is safe and stable, “and that” strife is ceased. ”
Before broadcasting the king’s speech, a report by the channel stated that the “message to the Jordanians” came after Prince Hamzah pledged allegiance to his brother, the King, in a letter on April 5.
Local media circulated the speech two days after the authorities accused the former crown prince of “conspiring” with prominent assistants with “foreign bodies” against the “stability” of the kingdom.
On April 6, the Jordanian Public Prosecutor banned publication of Prince Hamzah’s case and the circulation of any material about it on social media.
Official data are excluded from the prohibition.
On April 3, Prince Hamzah said in a video that he was under house arrest.
The king said in his speech on Wednesday that: “Today Hamza is with his family in his palace under my care.”
He added that Prince Hamzah committed himself before the royal family to “place the interest of Jordan, its constitution and its laws above all other considerations.”
He went on to say, “As far as the other aspects are concerned, they are under investigation, according to the law.”