DUBAI-Jordan’s division within the ruling royal house broke out on Saturday. The current monarch’s brother said he has been effectively placed under house arrest. State media reported that senior officials have been detained as part of a security investigation.
In a video broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Prince Hamza bin Hussein condemned efforts to silence him and criticized the government of his brother, King Abdullah, an important ally of the United States. He said : “This country has fallen into a situation of corruption, nepotism and dysregulation.”
Prince-he was appointed as the crown prince, this position made him the throne, in 2004 he was ranked second by King Abdullah. He said many of his friends were arrested and told not to leave home. He said his security details have been deleted, and the Internet and telephone lines have also been cut off.
According to two senior Arab envoys in Jordan and another person familiar with the matter, more than 20 people have been detained so far, most of whom are close princes. The Jordanian state-run Petra News Agency quoted the chairman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying that the arrests were part of a “joint comprehensive investigation conducted by the security forces”.
These individuals said that the Jordanian authorities told diplomats that they were investigating a foreign-backed conspiracy to destabilize the country. Prince Hamza said in the video that there is no such conspiracy.