Jordan’s security forces have warned King Abdullah’s brothers that they could stop “activities” aimed at protecting and stabilizing the country because Western allies’ royal family divisions have been dramatically pushed open.
According to the state news agency Petra, Jordan’s army chief, Maj. Gen. Youssef Huneiti, said the warning to Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein before his dismissal in 2004 was “part of a joint investigation by security agencies.”
He denied a report that the former Crown Prince had been arrested. However, Prince Hamza released a video seen by the FT claiming that he was under house arrest, as well as launching a sting attack against the regime, alleging corruption, nepotism and nepotism.
Prince Hamza says the government’s failure has resulted in “the loss of hope that is seen in every Jordanian region; the loss of our future hope, the loss of dignity and the threat to our lives.”
Petra said an unknown number of other people were arrested as part of the security forces’ investigation, including former finance minister and King Abdullah’s chief of staff Bassem Awdallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zayed, a distant member of the royal family.
Awdallah has been an adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in recent years.
Prince Hamza said he was met by the army chief and said that Prince Hamza was present, or that he was not allowed to leave his home or interact with people because of meetings on social media that criticized the government or King Abdullah. He has visited.
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture. He said his internet and phone lines had been cut.
Prince Hamza said he made it clear in the recording that he was not part of any “conspiratorial or defamatory organization or foreign-backed group.”
“In terms of the official line, what you see and hear is not a reflection of the reality on the ground.” “I am not responsible for the breakdown of governance, for the corruption and incompetence that has been prevalent in our governance structure for the last 15 to 20 years and is getting worse over the years.”
Extraordinary events will raise concerns about Jordan’s stability, long regarded as a Western partner bordering Israel, Iraq and Jordan. King Abdullah, who has eaten in Washington and London, is also seen as an important voice in the Middle East.
But Jordan has faced growing economic and social pressures, leading to a crisis in the ruling family, exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic.
“No one is above the law and Jordan’s security and stability will take precedence over any other consideration,” General Huneiti said. He said the investigation is ongoing.
Immediately after the announcement of the arrest The Saudi royal court It said in a statement that it had “fully supported” the “decisions” and “measures” taken by King Abdullah to “maintain security and stability”.
Other governments in the region have issued similar statements in support of the King of Jordan.
A State Department spokesman said the United States was following the reports closely and was in contact with Jordanian officials.
“King Abdullah is one of the key partners in the United States, and we have his full support,” the spokesman said.
Jordan has long relied on financial aid from the West and the Gulf, and it tends to have declining revenues and debts, which have grown by almost 100 percent of Gross Domestic Project.
Unemployment rose by more than 20 percent last year due to foreign exchange earnings and employment as a major source of tourism and the outbreak of remittance coronavirus.
Last month, it was reported that several patients had died after running out of oxygen at a state hospital Jordan’s health minister Resign.
In his video, Prince Hamza says the country is mired in corruption, nepotism and nepotism.
Additional report by Katrina Manson in Washington