The Jordanian authorities detained a member of the royal family and a former adviser to the Jordanian king, Abdullah II, and an unknown number of people in the framework of a campaign promoted “for security reasons”, amid uncertainty about the former crown prince’s situation Hamza bin Husein, who has denounced that you are under house arrest.
Bassem Awadallah, a former adviser to King Abdullah II and a former finance minister, was arrested on Saturday along with Sharif Hasan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, “for security reasons,” the agency said in a brief notice.
Awadallah was regarded as a promoter of economic reforms in the country, which for many years has faced resistance from an old guard who dominated the court, according to the daily Washington Post, whose sources understand that This investigation is related to an alleged coup attempt in the country. According to the sources of the newspaper, a total of 20 people have been arrested in connection with this alleged plot.
The arrests were carried out “after close security monitoring.”the agency said, without elaborating.
Awadallah was appointed head of the royal court in 2007 and his last post in the Jordanian government was that of special envoy to Saudi Arabia.
It now remains to be seen how the situation of the former crown prince and half brother of the monarch, Hamza bin Hussein, who has sent a video through his lawyer to the British chain BBC in which he assures that He is under house arrest despite the fact that the Jordanian General Staff reported that it had merely admonished him to refrain from destabilizing the country.
“I had a visit from the Chief of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces this morning in which informed me that I was not allowed to go out, communicate with people or meet with them, because in the meetings in which I was present, or in the social networks related to the visits I made, there was criticism of the government or the king, ”Hamza explains in the video, in which he denies that it was he who made these accusations.
“I am not responsible for the collapse of governance, corruption and incompetence that has prevailed in our governance structure for the past 15 to 20 years and that has been getting worse. And I am not responsible for the lack of faith that people have in their institutions, ”added Hamza.
“It has reached a point where no one can speak or express their opinion about anything without being intimidated, arrested, harassed and threatened”, He concludes.
Hours before, the agency Petra had denied, first through “well-informed sources” and later through a statement from the General Staff, that the king’s 41-year-old half-brother and crown prince between 1999 and 2004, when the The monarch withdrew him from the succession for the benefit of his son, Hussein bin Abdullah – he was immobilized at his home.
The head of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff, Yusef Ahmed al Hunaiti, limited himself to confirming that Hamza had been asked to “stop any activity and movement against the security and stability of Jordan.”
Likewise, Al Hunaiti has indicated that “all the measures taken were carried out in accordance with the law ”and after“ extensive investigations that motivated them ”, before stating that“ no one is above the law and that the security and stability of Jordan take precedence over any consideration ” .
Meanwhile, The United States expressed its support for King Abdullah II and considered him a “key partner”, after the authorities of that Arab country carried out the arrest campaign.
“We are closely monitoring the reports and are in contact with Jordanian officials.”State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States – added the spokesman – and he has our full support ”.
With information from EuropaPress, EFE, AFP