Jordan says an alleged that its former its crown prince has plotted a foil to undermine the current government was foiled, the country’s foreign minister reported this past Sunday.
Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s foreign minister, told reporters at a televised news conference that Prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein, the younger half-brother of King Abdullah II, had liaised with foreign parties over a plot to destabilize the country. Safadi, who also holds the title of the deputy prime minister, did not provide details of the alleged plot or which countries were involved.
He did say that 14-16 people associated with Hamzah had been arrested, in addition to Bassem Awadallah, a former Cabinet minister, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family. Division in the ruling royal family erupted into the open late Saturday when Hamzah, 41, announced he could not leave his home and state media reported that senior officials had been detained in a security probe.