Jordan's Prince Hamzah says he will disobey army orders to keep silent
Apr 06 2021
Prince Hamza said Saturday he had been placed under house arrest and accused the country's "ruling system" of incompetence and corruption.
"This sedition was nipped in the bud", Safadi said. In a six-minute video provided to the BBC by his lawyer, he said he was "not part of any conspiracy".
On Saturday, the military warned the prince over actions it said were undermining "security and stability" in Jordan, a key USA ally.
Safadi declined to identify the alleged foreign parties or say what the charges were, but said authorities acted because the alleged conspirators were "talking about timing".
What was the reaction in Jordan?
Hamzah has denied the allegations, saying he was speaking out against corruption and mismanagement.
"Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander". "God bless and keep them safe".
Jordan's army said Saturday that Jordan's former crown prince Hamzah had been asked to stop "some activities that could be used to shake the stability and security of Jordan", while the Washington Post reported an alleged plot to overthrow King Abdullah. But the prince has disputed this in a video message.
"His latest campaign in visiting various tribes which the king believes is the base of his power, the source of all the security personnel, the army, the intelligence", he said.
The deputy prime minister said authorities arrested between 14 to 16 people, as well as two main top officials. Hassan, the uncle, also had been crown prince but was removed shortly before Hussein's death.
Safadi accused Awadallah, now a prominent businessman in the Gulf, of handling the contacts with foreigners.
Prince Faisal said there were no direct channels between Saudi Arabia and Iran but that the Saudi kingdom was ready to talk "if Iran changes its behaviour".
"I am not responsible for the lack of faith people have in their institutions", Prince Hamzah said in one of the videos given to the BBC. The individual said the recording is a few days old and was made after the army chief threatened the prince.
Hamzah slammed the Jordanian government over what he said was a responsibility for the country's deteriorating human rights situation. Sherif is a title given to those close to the royal family in Jordan. "This is why we are now witnessing what has happened".
On his end, the Jordanian monarch expressed his honest appreciation towards President Sisi's support, which he said embodies the depth and strength of the historical ties between the two close countries and peoples.
Jordan's neighbours and allies have expressed solidarity with Abdullah over the security measures in the kingdom.
Egypt voiced support for King Abdullah and his efforts "to maintain the security and stability of the kingdom against any attempts to undermine it", its presidency spokesman wrote on Facebook.
Morocco's foreign affairs ministry also expressed support for Jordan's stability.
"We are closely following the reports and are in touch with Jordanian officials".
The crackdown comes as Jordan struggles with a worsening squeeze on its finances and a resurgence of Covid-19 cases that has prompted the government to renew restrictions on movement. He has good relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders.
In light of the developments over the past two days, I put myself at the disposal of His Majesty the King, and I reaffirm that I will always remain committed to the covenant of the ancestors, loyal to their legacy, following in their footsteps, devoted to their path and mission, and to His Majesty the King; and committed to the Constitution of the dear Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
"It is really a rare kind of tension that we have not really seen before at the forefront", she added. It's home to as many as 2 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants, and chaos there could endanger the security of Israel, with which it shares a frontier and made peace in 1994.