Today, Saturday, the Jordanian authorities arrested nearly 20 people and sought to curb the movement of the former crown prince of the kingdom, amid what officials described as a “threat to the country’s stability.”
Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the eldest son of the late King Hussein and
his fourth American-born wife Queen Noor, has been asked to stay at his palace
in Amman amid an ongoing investigation into an alleged plot to overthrow his older half-brother,
King Abdullah II, according to a high-ranking Middle East intelligence official Find out what happened,
according to the Washington Post.
The move came on the heels of discovering what palace officials described as a complex and far-reaching
conspiracy involving at least a member of the Jordanian royal family as well as tribal leaders and members
of the country’s security establishment.
The intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said additional arrests were expected,
citing security sensitivities surrounding the ongoing law enforcement operation. A Jordanian advisor for
minors confirmed that the arrests were made against the backdrop of “threatening the country’s stability.”
Prince Hamzah held the position of Crown Prince of Jordan for four years before the title was transferred to
the eldest son of the current King Hussein.
The intelligence official said that Jordanian army officers informed Hamzah of the investigation, who arrived
at his home with guards as arrests were taking place elsewhere.
The intelligence official said that although he was not placed under arrest, he was asked to refrain from traveling
and posting on social media.
It was not clear how close the alleged conspirators were to implementing the plan, or what exactly was meant.
The intelligence official described the plan as “well-organized” and said that the conspirators appeared to have
“external relations,” although he did not elaborate.
The official said that among those arrested were Sharif Hassan, who is also a member of the royal family, and Bassem
Awadallah, a former senior official in the Jordanian Hashemite Royal Court. The intelligence official said Awadallah,
an investment banker and executive director of a Dubai-based consulting firm, also worked as a Jordanian special representative
for the Saudi government, and was carrying Jordanian and Saudi passports.