The country’s supreme commander-in-chief said on Saturday that the former crown prince of Jordan was asked to “stop some activities and activities” because other royal family members were arrested and believed to have thwarted the coup plot against King Abdullah II.
General Yousef Huneiti, Chief of Staff of the Army, denied reports that the king’s half-brother, 41-year-old Hamza bin Hussein, was arrested together with “security reasons”. Nearly 20 people were arrested.
However, the prince was asked to stay in his palace in Amman instead of using social media.
Huneti said the investigation is still ongoing and its results will be “disclosed in a transparent and clear form.”
Those arrested included royal Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid (Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid), and American educated King Bassem Awadallah (Bassem Awadallah), the latter is the king’s long-term confidant. He also serves as the Minister of Planning and Finance.
Hunetit told Petra’s official news agency: “No one can transcend the law, and Jordan’s security and stability are absolutely the most important.”
The details of the plot are few, but Jordan is an important US ally trapped between Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and few high-level officials and members of the royal family have been arrested.
Approximately 3,000 soldiers are stationed at Muwaffaq Salty Air Base, which is an important transition zone for fighting ISIS. The United States provides Jordan with about 425 million U.S. dollars in military aides each year.
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Awadallah resigned as president of the Royal Court in 2008 and is a key figure in economic reform.
Jordan’s powerful intelligence agency has a wide range of influence in public life, and Jordan’s role in the emergency law enacted at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic has continued to increase in the past year. Citizen groups say these powers violate civil and political rights.