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Which State Is Behind Coup Attempt Jordan

by Oui Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 09:05:00 PM EST

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Jordan's former crown prince detained amid crackdown on alleged coup plotters | Middle East Eye |

Jordan has detained a former crown prince at home and arrested two senior ex-officials and several others, sources have told Middle East Eye, amid a possible coup plot.

A large number of security forces have been deployed on Amman's main streets and around its most sensitive sites.
Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the 41-year-old half-brother of King Abdullah II and crown prince until 2004, has been detained at home, sources in Amman said, though the government has denied he has been arrested.

"We asked him to stop activities and movements that are used against Jordan's stability," the Jordanian army said in a statement.

The army added that Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, and Bassem Awadallah, who was director of King Abdullah's office in 2006, have been arrested following "comprehensive investigations undertaken by security agencies".

Jordan reportedly foils plot to topple King Abdullah | JPost |

“Jordanian citizens Hassan bin Zaid, Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah and others were arrested for security reasons.”

Bin Zaid is a member of the royal family in Jordan.

Awadallah, a Jordanian citizen born in Jerusalem, previously served as Director of the Office of King Abdullah II and Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court. Awadallah also served as an unofficial Jordanian envoy to Saudi Arabia and is said to maintain close ties with the royal family in Riyadh.

The US State Department said on Saturday that King Abdullah is a "key partner" of the United States and "has our full support."

In an email, State Department spokesman Ned Price said, "We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials. King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support."

The Gulf Cooperation Council's secretary-general said in a statement on Saturday that the GCC stands with Jordan and all its measures to maintain its security and stability.


Accusation of Liaison With Foreign Parties

Jordan says former crown prince liaised with foreign parties in 'malicious plot' | France24 |

Safadi said intelligence agents had been observing the plotters for some time and raised their concerns with the king.

He said Hamza was asked to “stop all these activities and movements that threaten Jordan and its stability", but he refused. 

Safadi did not identify the foreign countries allegedly involved in the plot. But he said a longtime senior official who has business ties in several Gulf Arab states, Bassem Awadallah, was involved and had been planning on leaving the country. He also said Awadallah had been trying to secure a place for Hamzah's wife to flee.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency said the kingdom’s royal court supported King Abdullah’s efforts “to maintain security and stability and defuse every attempt to influence them".

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates similarly issued statements supporting Abdullah.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz called Jordan a “strategic ally” and dismissed the turmoil as an “internal Jordanian matter".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 09:58:38 PM EST

Jordan's Queen Noor calls coup plot allegations 'wicked slander'

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 01:39:40 PM EST

Israel worked hand-in-glove with Saudi intelligence in Lebanon for decades. Ever since the show of force by the Mossad in murder in Dubai of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, the UAE and specifically Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi Emirate has joined forces with Israel, UK and the US on all Middle East adventures against perceived enemies of the State.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:06:11 PM EST
Israeli offered to send jet to evacuate detained Jordan prince's family: reports | Times of Israel !

An Israeli man based in Europe contacted Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin Hussein over the weekend and offered to organize his family's evacuation from Jordan on a private jet, according to a report on Sunday.

The Jordanian Ammon news agency, which cited an "informed source," on Sunday claimed former Israeli spy Roy Shaposhnik contacted the wife of former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein, and offered to fly her out of the country with their children.

The report did not name the State of Israel as tied to the alleged coup attempt in any way.

In a statement to the Walla news site, however, Shaposhnik maintained that he was never a Mossad officer. He did confirm that he had proposed assistance to Hamzah for his family as part of their personal friendship.

"I am an Israeli living in Europe. I never served in any role in the Israeli intelligence services. I am a close personal friend of Prince Hamzah," he told Walla.

"During the weekend, Prince Hamzah told me about what happened in Jordan and I proposed him to send his wife and kids to stay in my house."

"I don't have any knowledge of the events that took place in Jordan or of the people involved. The proposal I gave Prince Hamzah was done on the basis of our personal friendship and out of a wish to help the princess and their kids at this difficult moment," he stressed.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:07:08 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:07:42 PM EST
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Roi Shaposhnik

Director Of Marketing And Business Development at ELTA Systems Cyber Division

On the way...
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Furthermore ...

#cybertech #dubai  here we come.

The #amazing IAI - Israel Aerospace Industries booth is almost ready to go.

We will showcasing our suite of #national grade cyber products and solutions, including #CyConcerto, #CyScan, #CyShare, #CyInspect, #TRADES and #tamerange.

See you there. Please do not hesitate to come by and say hello.

Get the family across the border and hop in for the flight to Dubai - going my way?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:09:35 PM EST
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Plot is correct, the person involved is closer to Israeli private security service RS-LS Logistical Solutions with HQ in Lod, Israel.

LinkedIn Page: Roy Shaposhnik

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 10:30:36 AM EST
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Yesterday's webpage IAI with his photo has been deleted, in addition the archived page WaybackMachine is also removed.

From this article and an interview, Mr. Shaposhnik confirms he is the one and same person.

Qui est Roy Shaposhnik, l'israélien qui a compromis le demi-frère du roi Abdallah II

Translated via Google from French ...

Who is Roy Shaposhnik, the Israeli who compromised King Abdullah II's half-brother

On September 15, 2020, Roy Shaposhnik lets himself be photographed in the office of the Minister of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian Milorad Dodik.

Shaposhnik represented the Israeli company "ELTA Systems" on the occasion of the signing of an agreement with the Serbian Republic of Bosnia aimed at the creation of a Cybersecurity academy in the capital Banja Luka.

ELTA Systems, one of Israel's largest manufacturers of radar, electromagnetic sensor-based systems, other types of military equipment, and providers of electronic surveillance and cybersecurity and defense services, is committed to train cybersecurity and defense profiles.

ELTA is a branch of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) group, a world leader in the development and implementation of national cyber systems. Lead partner of IC3, the Israeli Cyber Business Consortium, and IAC3, the Israel Aviation Cyber Business Consortium, both created under the auspices of the Israeli Ministry of Economy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 02:49:32 PM EST
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Jordan says prince liaised with 'foreign parties' to destabilize country | Jerusalem Post |

The developments are likely to rock Jordan's image as an island of stability in the turbulent Middle East. King Abdullah removed Prince Hamza from his position as heir to the throne in 2004, in a move that consolidated his power.

Although he has been marginalised for years, Prince Hamza has angered the authorities by forging ties with disgruntled figures within powerful tribes.

These people, members of loosely organised groups known as Herak [Muslim Brotherhood affiliated opposition] which in addition to their domestic presence represent a vocal opposition based abroad, have recently called for protests against corruption in a country hard hit by COVID-19's impact on the economy.

Anger with the authorities over worsening living standards has in the past triggered major civil unrest. Jordan suffered its worst recession in decades last year as a result of the pandemic.

Political Opposition And Reform Coalitions In Jordan

Jordan's Youth: Avenues for Activism | Atlantic Council |

    Crown Prince Hamzah completed his elementary education in Amman, and later received the General Certificate for Secondary Education from Harrow in the United Kingdom. As a student, the Crown Prince was awarded several prizes, including the "Dome of the Rock Award," by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in 1990, and the "History Prize" from Harrow. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, King Talal, his father, King Hussein, his brother King Abdullah II, and other members of the Royal Family, Crown Prince Hamzah attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, passing out in December 1999 as a commissioned officer in the Jordan Arab Army.

    In August 1999, His Majesty King Abdullah II entrusted Crown Prince Hamzah to oversee the affairs of the Royal Academy for Islamic Civilization Research, the 'Al Al-Bayt Foundation, by naming him as the Chairman of the Higher Council of the Foundation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 09:11:43 PM EST
Israeli Who Offered Escape to Jordanian Ex-Crown Prince's Family is Mossad Asset

... that the Israeli offered to supply a plane to the Jordanian's family to escape the country after the plot was exposed. Instead, Shaposhnik is, according to a well-informed Israeli source, what's known as a sayan, an Israeli living abroad who performs various crucial tasks overseas for agents who cannot perform them themselves for legal, or other reasons.

Shaposhnik owns a security consulting firm RS-LS - GMSS (UK) whose website describes its mission.

Unconfirmed rumors have bruited the involvement of Saudi Arabia and UAE in the plot as well. Relations between Jordan, and the Gulf states and Israel have been tortured of late. Amidst the normalization announced a few months ago under the rubric of the Abraham Accords, the Saudis and Israelis proposed that the former could either supplant Jordan's role as custodian of Jerusalem Muslim holy places, or perform them jointly.

Given that Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, such a plan would have been received as a slap in the face by Jordan. Recently, Israeli PM Netanyahu was scheduled to make his first visit to UAE to meet its leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The trip was canceled at the last minute when King Abdullah refused Israel permission to fly over Jordanian airspace.

But it is equally possible he was acting as a "cut-out" for the Mossad, Supplying Hamza with intelligence, logistical assistance and financing to aid the plot. The Israelis and Saudis may have sought a more pliable leader than Abdullah. One who would do their bidding, notably in taking a more hands-off approach to the Palestinians.

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Jordan scrambles to affirm its custodianship of al-Aqsa mosque | The Guardian - Nov. 26, 2020 |

Jordan is scrambling to affirm its custodianship of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after a meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders raised fears in Amman that the fate of one of Islam's holiest sites could be up for grabs in a normalisation deal between the two countries.

Warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, capped by a weekend visit by Benjamin Netanyahu to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, have alarmed Jordanian leaders already unnerved by Riyadh's regional posturing. They fear al-Aqsa could be in play as the Trump administration tries to secure a regional legacy in its dying weeks.

Without apparent prompting, the Jordanian foreign ministry released a statement on Wednesday night challenging "attempts to alter the historical and legal status quo" of the mosque. A spokesman, Daifallah al-Fayez, said: "The kingdom will continue its efforts to protect and care for the mosque, and preserve the rights of all Muslims to it in compliance with the Hashemite custodianship of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian holy sites."

The statement followed a call between the US president-elect, Joe Biden, and Jordan's King Abdullah II, a member of the Hashemite dynasty, which has governed the Jerusalem sites, known as Haram al-Sharif, since 1924, the same year the Saud dynasty was given control of Mecca and Medina.

Tutelage of al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock has been a key source of legitimacy for Jordan's ruling Hashemite dynasty for nearly a century, pre-dating the creation of Jordan and Israel and prevailing throughout seven tumultuous decades of stalemate, war and eventually peace. In the quarter century since both sides formalised ties, the pact has been central to the deal's stability.

Jordanian leaders now fear Donald Trump, his vice-president, Mike Pence, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, along with Netanyahu, may be tempted to change that dynamic by offering the sites to Saudi Arabia as the centrepiece of a normalisation deal.

Labour leader Corbyn Visits the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

Sweeping 'Patriot' Laws Passed As Jordan Fears Uprising and ISIS | June 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 09:34:29 PM EST
Hamas and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and the States of Turkey and Qatar.

We affirm that we stand with the brotherly Jordan, the king, the government and the people, in the face of any attempts targeting its security and stability. The security and stability of Jordan is a supreme Palestinian interest, and any violation of Jordan's stability is an affront to the security and stability of Palestine.

During the first Persian Gulf War. both Yasser Arafat and Jordanian King Hussein pledged allegiance to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Palestinian President Abbas on his way to Germany for medical tests

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"Now, that normalisation in the region can only be successful if we address the issue of the Palestinians and if we are able to deliver a Palestinian state within the 1967 border that gives the Palestinians dignity and their rights," he said.

The Arab Initiative was proposed during the Arab League summit in Beirut in 2002, at the peak of the Second Intifada. It demands Israel withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which it occupied in 1967, and allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state in return for normalisation deals with Arab states.

Israel has long rejected engaging with the Arab Initiative. Last year, the scheme was essentially killed off completely by close Saudi ally the United Arab Emirates normalising ties with Israel, with the assistance of the Trump administration.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 10:50:59 AM EST
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Meanwhile the close ally in Jerusalem faces major disruption to reach a new coalition ...

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Reading the headlines, one can deduce the most likely plot has support of the UK, UAE and Israel ... putting out pro Prince Hamza information ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 10:20:50 PM EST
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Ambiguities surround Jordan's move to defuse security crisis | Arab Weekly |

There was however sharp criticism from two sources that felt directly targeted by the Jordanian measures.

Queen Noor, the mother of Prince Hamzah, expressed her shock at these measures, describing them as "fabrications". She said she "prays for truth and justice to prevail for all innocent victims."

But the harshest reaction came from the influential Majali clan whose leaders were targeted by arrests.

The clan put out a statement describing what had  happened as a "black day" in Jordan's history.

It carried on to protest, "the dignity and freedom of some of our clan's finest men, who had served the country with utmost dedication and sincerity and in its darkest hours, were assailed, as Sheikh Samir Abdel Wahhab al-Majali was arrested ... The house of retired Colonel Sheikh Suleiman Rafifan al-Majali ... was raided, with the aim of arresting our son Yasser Suleiman al-Majali, in his capacity as director of the office of his highness Prince Hamzah."

    Majali clan warns the Jordanian king

    The Jordanian Majali clan issued a strongly worded statement yesterday evening, Saturday, in which it warned the King of Jordan and the authorities there against prejudice. With her son Yasser al-Majali, director of Prince Hamzah's office, after he was suddenly arrested yesterday and accused of participating in the coup attempt.

    And the "Diwan of the Majali Family" published on its Facebook page the statement that Watan monitored, and in it it read: "After praise be to God, who does not thank him for something bad except him.

    On this black day in the history of Jordan and Karak, corresponding to 04/03/2021, the dignity and freedom of some of our best men were attacked. Members of the clan who served the country with all dedication and sincerity and in its darkest conditions.

    The statement continued, referring to the arrest of Yasser Al-Majali's relatives: "Sheikh Samir Abdel-Wahhab Al-Majali was arrested from the palace market, similarly. By arresting precedents and perpetrators.

    The house of Sheikh Suleiman Rafifan al-Majali was also raided in the valley of al-Dhira, in a manner "far from our traditions and the laws of humanity and morals. In the manner of raiding the hideouts of drug traffickers, smugglers and outlaws, according to a statement by the Majali family.

    The family also indicated in its statement that these arrests were carried out by an armed force of more than twenty heavily armed vehicles. "With convincing faces that can only be compared to mafias and armed gangs, with the aim of arresting our son Yasser Suleiman Al-Majali as director of the office of His Highness Prince Hamzah."

In 1990 al-Majali formed the Jordanian Covenant Party (Hizb al-Ahd al-Urduni) to express pro-regime, East Bank nationalist feeling in opposition to leftist and Palestinian-oriented parties.

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Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan: Hamas in Ascendance | Sept. 2009 |

The Jordanian MB is facing an unprecedented internal crisis, pitting the traditional moderate East Bank leadership -- Jordanians who are not originally Palestinian -- against the powerful pro-Hamas Palestinian-led element.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 09:02:27 PM EST
Jordan's coup d'etat nearly rivals the previous attempt on Dec. 30, 2017.

Jordan Denies King's Brothers Ousted From Army Over Ties With Saudi Arabia | Haaretz |

There have been behind-the-scenes tensions between Jordan and Saudi Arabia over Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies and his intention to revoke Jordan's custodianship over Islamic sites in Jerusalem. Always concerned with palace intrigue, the Jordanian king's move may also be a message to the Saudis.

Along with the two brothers, a cousin, Prince Talal bin Muhammad, was also dismissed from the army.

In November, Saudi security forces rounded up some 200 princes, ministers and business leaders and converted the Ritz-Carlton into a luxurious prison in what Riyadh said was a crackdown on corruption.

The move was also widely seen by analysts as helping  the crown prince consolidate his grip on power, after he ousted his cousin as heir to the throne in the summer.

Shortly after, Lebanon was plunged into crisis when Saad al-Hariri resigned as prime minister while he was in Saudi Arabia, saying he feared assassination and criticizing the Saudis' regional arch-rival Iran along with its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. He stayed abroad for two weeks before returning, and finally withdrew his resignation.

Saudi Arabia has also led neighboring Gulf Arab countries this year in cutting off trade and diplomatic ties with their neighbor Qatar, which Riyadh says supports terrorism. Qatar is an important American ally and home to a big U.S. air base.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 10:42:15 AM EST
Israeli politician suggests Saudi Arabia take responsibility of Jerusalem holy sites | Middle East Eye - Jan. 2018 |

Isaac Herzog's suggestion might be perceived as an attack on Jordan, which has been the custodian of Al-Aqsa for decades

An Israeli opposition leader called on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to become "responsible" for the holy sites in Jerusalem, as it has experience in managing holy sites in the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Knesset member and former leader of the Israeli Labor Party Isaac Herzog suggested in an interview with the Saudi-funded Elaph news website that "Saudi Arabia could play a big role in the issue [of Jerusalem]".

"When we reach the stage [during negotiations] of talking about Jerusalem and the holy sites, such as Al-Aqsa, I think there must be a Saudi role and responsibility for the holy sites." 

"Saudi Arabia has experience in managing sacred spaces in Mecca and Medina," he said, referring to the role of Saudi King Salman as the custodian of the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina.

"I think we should offer Saudi Arabia a central role in this matter."

He also suggested Saudi Arabia take a more influential role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and went on to praise Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Translation: Jordanian parliament members wear a badge showing King Abdullah, bearing the words 'custodian of the first Qibla and the third holy mosque'.

Challenging Jordan

Herzog's suggestion might be perceived as an attack on Jordan, especially because Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was perceived particularly negatively by the Jordanian king and people.

The country has been the custodian of Al-Aqsa for decades - a role recognised by two peace treaties, notably the Wadi Araba treaty signed between Jordanian King Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin of Israel in 1994. Consequently, King Abdullah is considered the custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

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    Translation: His Excellency Ahmed Al Balushi - UAE Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: The relationship between Jordan and the UAE is a close and deep one
    #CentennialJordan #Jordan #UAEJordan #Dubai TV

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    A special gift from the people of the Emirates on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    Kingdom of the free O Dar Nashami
    Arabic .. Jordanian .. Hashemite
    A hundred years ago your glory increased
    The centenary of the State of Jordan
    The march continues

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Former Qatari PM Cashes In With $333 Million London Hotel Sales

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Jordan: Saudi Link In Plot Still Under Investigation

Jordan releases 16, keeps two detained over 'sedition' plot | TRT World |

Security sources said those released were mostly personal aides to former heir Prince Hamzah, King Abdullah's half-brother, who had said in an April video he was banned from leaving his home and accused the country's rulers of corruption.

The two royals last week made their first joint appearance since the feud earlier this month.

With mediation by the royal family, Hamzah had pledged allegiance to the king, days after the military ordered him to stop actions that it said undermined Jordan's security.

Thursday's move came after calls from tribal families for the release of detainees, the sources said.

No royal pardon yet

State prosecutor Brigadier General Hazem al Majali said the decision to release the 16 "at this time in the investigation" was taken at the request of the king.

Wafa Bani Mustafa, a former parliament member who attended a meeting with the king on Thursday, said they were released to spend the holidays with their families while the investigation proceeds.

They have not yet received royal pardons, she said.

Royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid remained in detention, as did Bassem Awadallah, a confidant of the king who was finance minister and advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

State news agency Petra, citing the public prosecutor in the state security court, said they were not freed because "their roles ... and level of agitation differed" from the others.

Bid to destabilise kingdom?

Earlier Abdullah, in a statement released by the royal court, said he had asked authorities to release "brothers" who were "misled, wronged, dragged behind this sedition" so they could be with family as soon as possible during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The king made the request after lobbying by a number of key figures from across Jordan who asked him to show tolerance, state TV Al Mamlaka and official Petra news agency reported.

Eighteen suspects were arrested after authorities on April 3 announced they had foiled a bid to destabilise the kingdom.

Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi called the bid a "wicked plan."

The case was handed over to the State Security Court - which has both military and civilian judges and deals with high treason, espionage, drug trafficking, counterfeiting money and terrorism.

The court began its investigations on April 14, after Amman prosecutor Hassan Abdallah issued a gag order banning the publication of any information pertaining to the case.

Jordan's public prosecution ends investigation into 'recent events threatening security' | Arab News - Apr. 20, 2021 |

The results of the investigation for those involved 'constituted a clear threat to the security and stability of the kingdom'.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 at 08:16:11 AM EST
King urges proper legal mechanism for release of sedition case suspects | Jordan Times |

King Abdullah's remarks came during a meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace, attended HRH Crown Prince Hussein, in response to a request from a number of figures from the governorates, who submitted a petition asking that His Majesty forgive their sons who were led into the sedition case, in line with the Hashemite heritage of tolerance and forgiveness, according to a Royal Court statement.


His Majesty King Abdullah speaks during a meeting with figures from a number of governorates at Al Husseiniya Palace, attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein. (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

In response, His Majesty said: "As a father and a brother to all Jordanians, and in this holy month of tolerance and solidarity, when we all wish to be with our families, I ask the relevant officials to look into the proper mechanism to have those who were misled into following the sedition, return to their families soon."

Discussing the sedition case, His Majesty said that "what took place was painful, not because there was an imminent threat to the country, since the sedition, as I have said has been stopped, but if it had not been stopped at the onset, it could have taken the country in a difficult direction, God forbid."

Noting his decision to deal with this issue calmly, the King said that the miscalculation by some and their fall for the sedition without heeding consequences will not affect Jordan, adding, "our country is strong" and expressing faith in state institutions.

"My duty, goal, and the pledge I have made is to serve and protect our people and country, and this is the standard that defines how we deal with everything," His Majesty continued.

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