Jordan had foiled a plot to “destabilize” the kingdom involving a half-brother of King Abdullah II and, said Sunday. Hamzah bin Hussein, a former crown prince stripped of that title by Abdullah in 2004, and the others had worked with foreign parties to “undermine the security” of Jordan, Ayman Safadi said. Hamzah, 41, had Saturday released a video message via the BBC in which he accused Jordan’s rulers of nepotism and corruption and . Washington, Gulf allies, and the Arab League quickly stressed their support for Abdullah’s pro-Western government in Amman, seen as an anchor of stability in the Middle East.
In the message sent via a satellite link from his Amman palace, he lashed out at Jordan’s “ruling system”, saying several of his friends had been arrested, his security detail removed, and his internet and phone lines cut.
He denied being part of “any conspiracy or nefarious organization”. Still, He said thepeople had “become stymied in corruption, in nepotism, and misrule” and that nobody was allowed to criticize the authorities. State-run news agency Petra said those arrested for “security reasons” were former close aides to the Bassem Awadallah, chief of the royal court in 2007-2008, and Sherif Hassan bin Zaid.
Mr. Safadi, also, said 14 to 16 suspects had been arrested.
He said the security service monitored “contacts with foreign parties aiming to destabilize Jordan’s security,” including an alleged offer to spirit Hamzah’s wife out of the country.
Mr. Safadi declined to identify the alleged foreign parties oracted because the asuspectedconspirators were “talking about timing”.
“This sedition was nipped in the bud,” Mr. Safadi said.
The USis closely watching.
Hamzah’s mother, American-born Queen Noor, defended her eldest son and the others, tweeting that she was “praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander.”
Abdullah had appointed Hamzah, a popular figure, crown prince in 1999 in line with Hussein’s dying wishes, but stripped him of the title in 2004 and gave it to his eldest son Hussein. Abdullah said he decided to “free” Hamzah from the “constraints of the position” to allow him to take on other responsibilities.