Prince Hamza Aimed to 'Destabilize' Jordan With Foreign Parties - FM Ayman al-Safadi

Published April 4th, 2021 - 03:40 GMT
Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein (R) and Prince Hashem bin al-Hussein
Jordanian Prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein (R) and Prince Hashem bin al-Hussein attend the opening of the Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) in Amman on May 10, 2016 [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images]

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.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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