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Jordan says prince involved in attempts to 'harm security'

Amman says Prince Hamzah’s aides were in contact with opposition abroad

Laith al-Jounaidi   | 04.04.2021
Jordan says prince involved in attempts to 'harm security' Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi ( Shadi Nsoor - Anadolu Agency )

AMMAN, Jordan

Jordan said on Sunday that former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein was involved in “attempts to destabilize the country's security" with foreign parties.

"Preliminary investigations detected movements and activities by Prince Hamzah and other detainees that harm the country's security and stability,” Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi told a press conference.

He said investigations showed that the prince’s aides were in contact with external opposition.

“Attempts to destabilize security were in coordination with foreign parties,” Safadi added.

"Prince Hamzah worked to incite and mobilize against the country,” the minister said.

On Saturday, Prince Hamzah and former head of the Jordanian Royal Court Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah were among some 20 people reportedly detained on the grounds that they "pose a threat to Jordan’s stability”.

In a statement by the Jordanian Chief of Staff, Gen. Yousef Huneiti, denied that Prince Hamzah was detained or under house arrest but confirmed he was asked to stop activities that are used to target Jordan's security and stability.

Prince Hamzah, however, appeared in a video saying that he was under house arrest and was accused of being part of meetings that criticized the King.

"I am not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organization or foreign-backed group, as is always the claim here for anyone who speaks out,” the prince said.

Prince Hamzah, 41, is the half-brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan, and the eldest son of late King Hussein bin Talal from his last wife.

He was declared a crown prince on Feb. 7, 1999, but he was replaced on Nov. 28, 2004 by King Abdullah II's eldest son, Hussein bin Abdullah, who was appointed to the post by his father.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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