Jordan Accuses Prince Hamzah of ‘Malicious Plot’ to Destabilize Kingdom

Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi has accused former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein of working with “foreign entities” in a “malicious plot” against the government, threatening national security.

Safadi said at a news conference on April 4 that intelligence services in the country had intercepted a plot at the “zero hour,” alleging that Hamzah had conspired with foreign parties to destabilize the state. He did not specify the foreign elements allegedly involved. 

“Initial investigations showed these activities and movements had reached a stage that directly affected the security and stability of the country,” Safadi said.

“The plot is totally contained. Our security and stability are not shaken,” Safadi also said.

Safadi also alleged that a foreign security service had contacted the prince’s wife, Princess Basmeh, to offer her a plane out of Jordan. He did not identify the foreign service allegedly involved.

Safadi declined to say if the prince would be charged with any crime, but said that there were “amicable” attempts for the time being on how to deal with the prince.

Safadi said about 15 people had been arrested for allegedly threatening security, including former royal court aide Bassem Awadallah and royal family member Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid.

Prince Hamzah had earlier released two videos to BBC News where he denied any link to a coup, claimed he was under house arrest, and accused government leaders of corruption and incompetence.

“I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the corruption, and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years, and has been getting worse by the year. I am not responsible for the lack of faith that people have in their institutions. They are responsible,” Prince Hamzah stated in the video.

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