Their relatives said the employees and associates of the Jordanian prince accused of plotting to sabotage the government were still isolated by security forces on Tuesday. Their relatives said that this had resolved an unusual public and injustice by the Royal Court earlier claimed to have resolved. Raised doubts. Bitter cracks.
The Royal Court issued a statement less than a day ago that Prince Hamzah bin Hussein had expressed loyalty to his half-brother King Abdullah II. But according to Prince Hamza’s chief of staff Yasser Majali and cousin Samir Majali, their family is still being held in an unknown location. The family comes from one of the main tribes in Jordan.
Yasser’s brother Abdullah Majali said in an account verified by the second senior member of the Majali family: “Every time we call them, we will reply to you.” “We still don’t know where they are.”
As of Tuesday morning, the whereabouts of Prince Hamza are still unknown. The Jordanian government issued a ban on Tuesday, prohibiting Jordanian news media and social media users from discussing the case.
These developments are the latest turning point in the royal dispute, which surged in public visibility last weekend, upending the family’s reputation for discretion and the country’s image as a rare stable port in turbulent regions.
Jordan is a major partner in regional counter-terrorism missions, a base for US military and aircraft, and a major recipient of US aid. It borders Syria, Iraq, Israel, and the West Bank occupied by Israel, and is considered an important interlocutor of regional diplomacy and the key to any potential Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
Last weekend, the Jordanian government arrested several staff and associates of Prince Hamza, and alleged that the prince himself had cooperated with his former senior royal aide and cabinet minister Bassem Awadallah (Bassem Awadallah), undermining the country’s stable.
The government’s statement implies that the detainees had participated in a foreign-supported coup attempt, but did not use such direct language.
Prince Hamza shot backwards with two videos, in which he satirized his brother’s government, but denied participating in any conspiracy and said he was under house arrest-the government denied the accusation.
By Monday night, the temper seemed to have calmed down, and the palace issued a statement in the name of the prince in which he promised “will support King Jordan to protect Jordan and its national interests.”
However, the uncertainty surrounding the whereabouts of Majaalis and the prince himself on Tuesday showed that the tension had not been completely eliminated.
The recording of a conversation between the prince and Jordanian military Major General Yousef Hunetti was leaked last week, and the government’s remarks were also questioned on Tuesday.
In recordings obtained by the New York Times and other media, the general seemed to admit that the prince did not personally oppose the king, but attended social gatherings, and others criticized the government.
In Jordan, where coronavirus-related deaths are on the rise, the prince’s allies say he has attended more sobriety and funerals than usual.
According to the record, General Hunetti said: “During these meetings, there were discussions about the performance of the government and the performance of the crown prince.”
“Does this topic come from me?” Prince Hamza answered.
“No,” the general said. “From the person who met with you. Sir, we all know that this crosses the red line. People have begun to scream. Therefore, I hope his Highness will abide by and avoid attending such occasions.”
The Majali family questioned whether any relatives could support the so-called conspiracy to destabilize the kingdom.
Samir’s cousin Hisam Majali said that as the elder of the tribe, Samir Majali had lunch with Prince Hamza several times.
His brother Abdullah Majali said that Yasser has been recovering at home after a heart attack and coronavirus, and has not been to work for several weeks.
Their relatives said that neither of the two men had any contact with Mr. Avadala.
“They don’t even know him,” Abdullah said. “It is unacceptable for them to link their names.”
Many Jordanians also believe that Prince Hamza himself and Mr. Awadala are unlikely to be accomplices. Prince Hamzah is closely connected with Jordan’s indigenous tribes (such as Majalis), and the former Royal Court President Mr. Awadallah is one of many Jordanian citizens from Palestinian families.
The two have different views on economic and political policies. Although Mr. Awadallah was often targeted by critics of the government during his tenure, the prince said he was a champion of good governance.