Jordan prince says he has been placed under house arrest

Rodiano Bonacci
Апреля 4, 2021

Army chief Yusef Huneity earlier denied reports that Hamza had been arrested.

Arrests of top officials and royal family members are rare in Jordan, seen as one of the Arab world's most stable countries.

Abdullah stripped his half-brother Hamzah of his title as crown prince in 2004, saying he had chose to "free" him from the "constraints of the position" in order to allow him to take on other responsibilities.

This comes after news that Jordanian security forces arrested a former adviser to King Abdullah, a member of the royal family and others on "security related" grounds, the Petra state news agency said.

"I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the corruption, and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years, and has been getting worse by the year", Prince Hamzah said in the video.

Authorities then stepped in to cut communications between Prince Hamzah and the foreign parties.

The pair were detained for "security reasons", Petra said, quoting a security source.

"Initial investigations showed these activities and movements had reached a stage that directly affected the security and stability of the country, but his majesty decided it was best to talk directly to Prince Hamza, to deal with it within the family to prevent it from being exploited", he said.

"Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander", former Queen Noor wrote on Twitter. "God bless and keep them safe".

Abdullah came to the throne in 1999 when their father, King Al Hussein bin Talal, died of cancer.

"We are.in touch with Jordanian officials".

Arrests of top officials and royal family members are rare in Jordan, a key western ally that has proven a vital partner to the United States particularly in its fight against terror groups in neighbouring Syria.

Saudi Arabia expressed its full support to "any decisions or measures" taken by King Abdullah and Crown Prince al-Hussein to maintain the security and stability of the kingdom.

Stability in Jordan and the status of the king have always been matters of concern throughout the region, particularly during the Trump administration, which gave unprecedented support to Israel and sought to isolate the Palestinians, including by slashing funding for Palestinian refugees.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Lebanon reiterated their support for King Abdullah. He is also a former finance minister.

The unprecedented incident has raised concerns about stability in a country seen as a key Western ally in a volatile region and drawn an outpouring of support for Abdullah.

He criticized the Jordanian government, claiming it is responsible for the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that we stand by the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the king, the government, and the people", official Palestinian news agency WAFA said in a statement.

Zaid is a distant cousin of King Abdullah II.

Mr Awadallah, an economist who was educated in the U.S., has been a confidant of the king and an influential force in Jordan's economic reforms. He commands a loyal following in Amman and, with his trim mustache and checkered keffiyeh headdress, often styles himself after his father, the late King Hussein, a revered figure in Jordan. He has good relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders.

Hamzeh, 41, the ruling king's half brother, served as Jordan's crown prince for four years until 2004, when the title was transferred to the king's eldest son, Hussein.

Before becoming royal court chief in 2007, he was head of the king's cabinet in 2006.

He had been a rising figure in Jordan, playing a key role in pushing for economic reforms in the cash-strapped country until he resigned in 2008.

It declared independence in 1946.

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