Friday, 16 April, 2021

Jordan Arrests High-Profile Figures, Citing Security Reasons

Jordanian king's half-brother questioned over possible coup attempt | NOW Jordan arrests ex-palace aide, others for ‘security’ reasons
Ginger Lawrence | 04 April, 2021, 08:37

Jordanian Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Yousef Huneiti said investigations are conducted in this regard, affirming that their results will be announced with fill transparency and clarity, Jordan's news agency Petra reported.

The Petra report said Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, and Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, a former head of the royal court, were detained.

In a video transmitted to the BBC by his lawyer, Hamza says he is under house arrest and has been told to stay home without communicating with anyone.

He denied being part of "any conspiracy, or nefarious organization or foreign-backed group", as he issued scathing criticism of the kingdom's quashing of dissent.

Yet he is decidedly less popular at home, where Jordanians often compare him negatively to his father, a deeply popular, charismatic figure who steered the country through many convulsions, including several regional wars, a military coup and more than a dozen assassination attempts.

The action is said to be part of an ongoing security investigation.

Abdullah stripped his half-brother Hamzah of his title as crown prince in 2004, saying he had made a decision to "free" him 'from the constraints of the position of crown prince in order to give you the freedom to work and undertake any mission or responsibility I entrust you with'.

A former U.S. official with knowledge of events in Jordan said the plot, which he described as credible and broad-based but not imminent, did not involve a "physical coup".

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

Jordan's army chief of staff says the half-brother of King Abdullah II was asked to "stop some movements and activities that are being used to target Jordan's security and stability".

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The authorities have become increasingly concerned with his efforts to build ties with disgruntled figures within powerful tribes.

Support from Arab neighbours poured in to King Abdullah.

"The US administration knows that Bassam Awadullah works for MBS (Mohammed bin Salman)".

I pray that all Jordanians will remember that I have always to tried to serve them to the best of my ability with what limited resources I have had, that I always will, and that God willing the situation will improve if we are able to come together and make our voice heard. Saudi Arabia, however, declares its "full support" for Abdullah II. Egypt, Lebanon and Bahrain also stood by him. "King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support", he said.

Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Arrests of top officials and royal family members are unusual in Jordan, a normally stable Arab kingdom that has been a stalwart ally of the West, particularly when it comes to counterterrorism cooperation in the Middle East. He is seen as religious and modest, in touch with the common people and similar to his beloved father, the late King Hussein.

He said he was being detained for associating with individuals accused of criticizing the king.

FILE - In this December 10, 2020 photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan.

The tradition of the Hashemite dynasty, under the 1952 Constitution, gives the eldest son the right to take the throne, but the monarch retains the option of appointing a brother.

Multiple countries have expressed their support for King Abdullah after the arrests were made.