Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 09:05:00 PM EST
Developing story ...
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".
Work in progress ...