Jordan Says King’s Sibling Plotted to Destabilize Country
05 Apr 2021

Jordan said it uncovered a plot to destabilize the kingdom that involved King Abdullah II’s half-brother and extended beyond the country’s borders.

The sibling, former Crown Prince Hamza Bin Hussein, worked in concert with foreign entities, Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said on Sunday, in a first official explanation of a string of arrests a day earlier. More than 16 people, including at least one other royal, were taken into custody, he said at a news conference in the capital, Amman.

“There was an effort to target Jordan’s security and stability, this effort was foiled,” he said, giving no evidence to back up his claims. He declined to say whether the unidentified foreign entities were people or governments, and if any money was paid to those involved in the alleged plot.

Hamza, who is under house arrest, said he would disobey orders by the army to stop going out and communicating with the public, Skynews Arabia reported, citing a voice recording by the prince. The 41-year-old said he had recorded what the chief of staff had told him and shared it with his family and contacts “in case something happens.”

The crackdown comes as Jordan struggles with a worsening squeeze on its finances and a resurgence of Covid-19 cases that has prompted the government to renew restrictions on movement. The U.S. most recently provided the Middle East kingdom with $700 million in August.

By Mohammad Tayseer, Layan Odeh, and Reema Al Othman, Bloomberg, 3 April 2021

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