Hamzah bin Hussein, Jordan’s former crown prince and half brother of King Abdullah II, stated in a video message on Saturday that he has been positioned below “house arrest”. This comes amid a collection of arrests of high-profile figures within the kingdom, together with a member of the royal household and a longtime confidant of the monarch, citing causes associated to “the security and stability of Jordan”, The New York Times reviews.

‘Plot’ to unseat King Abdullah II

The 59-year-old King Abdullah II has dominated Jordan since 1999, when he succeeded his father, King Hussein, to the throne. Prince Hamzah is the eldest son of the late King Hussain and his fourth spouse Queen Noor and was born to a Syrian-American household. Now, though Hamzah was named the crown prince of Jordan again in ’99, his half-brother and present king, King Abdullah II, transferred the title of the crown prince to his son, Prince Hussein, in 2004.

According to a report by The Washington Post on Saturday, as many as 20 of Jordan’s high-ranking people have now been arrested on safety considerations, amid an ongoing investigation into an alleged plot to unseat Hamza’s older half brother, King Abdullah II. The arrested aides embrace Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of Jordan’s royal household and former envoy to Saudi Arabia, and former finance minister Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, a longtime confidante of King Abdullah II. The two senior palace officers and the unnamed “others” had been reportedly arrested after a “close security follow-up.”

Prince Hamza’s video message

In the six-minute video message apparently filmed on Saturday and supplied to the BBC by his lawyer, Jordan’s former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein described how he had been ordered to stay in his dwelling incommunicado together with his spouse and youngsters. “Since then, a number of the people I know — or my friends — have been arrested, my security has been removed, and the internet and phone lines have been cut,” The Times quotes the previous crown prince of Jordan as saying. “This is my last form of communication, satellite internet, that I have, and I have been informed by the company that they are instructed to cut it so it may be the last time I am able to communicate,” Prince Hamza stated, including that he was making this recording to make it clear that he’s “not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organisation or foreign-backed group, as is always the claim here for anyone who speaks out.”

Malik R Dahlan, a global lawyer, confirmed to the New York Times that the video was of Prince Hamzah, who serves on the board of his Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy in London.

The Jordanian military and safety providers, in an earlier assertion revealed by the Petra information company, had denied reviews that Prince Hamza had been arrested. The former crown prince of Jordan was later requested “to cease all movements or activities that could be employed to target Jordan’s security and stability,” The Post reported, quoting an announcement by the Jordanian Armed Forces which confirmed the a number of arrests.

Arrests of high officers and royal relations are uncommon in Jordan, a usually secure Arab kingdom that has been a stalwart ally of the West, significantly relating to counterterrorism cooperation within the Middle East. It borders Israel, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Syria and Iraq, the Post reported.

International reactions

Jordan is thought to be an important ally of the United States within the Middle East and has been a serious associate within the US-led marketing campaign towards the Islamic State. Jordan receives annual assist from Washington and the US most not too long ago supplied Jordan with $700 million in August.

The US state division on Saturday stated, “We are intently following the reviews and in contact with Jordanian officers,” Ned Price, a state department spokesperson, said in a statement. “King Abdullah is a key associate of the United States, and he has our full help.”

Saudi Arabia and Egypt too have expressed their help to King Abdullah, information company AFP reported. Responding to the arrests, Saudi officers stated they supported the Jordanian king’s choices and measures to protect safety and stability and face any try to have an effect on them.


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