Jordan’s justice banned the media from talking about Prince Hamza, the rebellious half-brother of King Abdullah II

Prince Hamza in a 2015 photo (KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP)
Prince Hamza in a 2015 photo (KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP)

Amman’s attorney general banned the release of information about Prince Hamza, accused of instigating a sedition against his stepbrother, King Abdalá II, according to a statement released Tuesday by official television.

“In order to respect the secrecy of the security services investigation into Prince Hamza and others, (it has been decided) prohibit the publication of everything related to this research at this time “, assured the prosecutor Hasan al-Abdalat it’s a statement.

King Abdullah II during a speech before Parliament in December 2020 (Yousef Allan / The Royal Hashemite Court via AP, File)
King Abdullah II during a speech before Parliament in December 2020 (Yousef Allan / The Royal Hashemite Court via AP, File)

“The prohibition of publication concerns all audiovisual media and social networks, as well as images or videos related to this topic, under penalty of criminal prosecution ”, precise.

The crisis in Jordan erupted on Saturday with the accusation against Prince Hamza of “activities” against the kingdom, according to the authorities for “security reasons.”

In addition to Hamzah, the scandal has splashed the former adviser to the king Basem Awadalá and a member of the royal family, who were arrested last Saturday, along with between 14 and 16 people, according to the Jordanian Government.

King Abdullah II (second from right), Queen Noor and Queen Rania (left) in a photo taken during the wedding between Prince Hamza and Princess Basma Otoum in 2012 (YOUSEF ALLAN / PETRA / AFP)
King Abdullah II (second from right), Queen Noor and Queen Rania (left) in a photo taken during the wedding between Prince Hamza and Princess Basma Otoum in 2012 (YOUSEF ALLAN / PETRA / AFP)

Prince Hamza, former heir to the throne of Jordan, eldest son of the king Hussein and the queen Noor (American), denounced in videos and on Twitter that he was under “house arrest” in his palace in Amman, denied having participated in a plot and accused the authorities of “corruption” e “incompetence”.

Prince Hamza and his mother Noor in 2012 (AP Photo / Hussein Malla, file)
Prince Hamza and his mother Noor in 2012 (AP Photo / Hussein Malla, file)

However, late on Monday, the critical prince pledged allegiance to the monarch in a message published by the Hashemite Royal Court, which also reported that the king, determined to resolve this matter “within the framework of the domite family,” had entrusted his uncle the prince Hasan bin Talal mediate with Hamzah.

“I put myself in the hands of the king, confirming that I will keep the commitment of my parents and grandparents, faithful to his legacy, and I will follow in his footsteps, faithful to his trajectory, to his message and to the king, abiding by the Constitution of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan ”, says the message, signed by Hamza himself and published on the House’s website Real.

On Monday, the NGO Human Rights Watch He expressed concern that the Prince Hamza case exacerbates the recent trend of declining freedom of expression in Jordan.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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