ירדן נסיך חמזה יורש העצר לשעבר לכאורה נעצר דיווח על תוכנית הפיכה
Jordan's Prince Hamzah
Photo: Reuters
Jordan's Prince Hamzah

Jordan's Prince Hamzah not to face trial, PM says

Amman says former crown prince will not face justice for involvement in a conspiracy to 'destabilize the kingdom's security' in which at least 16 people were arrested

AFP |
Published: 04.12.21 , 19:42
Jordanian King Abdullah II's half-brother Prince Hamzah, allegedly involved in a plot to destabilize the country, will not face trial, the prime minister told a closed session of parliament Monday.
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  • Lawmakers who attended the meeting also quoted Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh as denying there had been an "attempted coup".
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    ירדן נסיך חמזה יורש העצר לשעבר לכאורה נעצר דיווח על תוכנית הפיכה
    ירדן נסיך חמזה יורש העצר לשעבר לכאורה נעצר דיווח על תוכנית הפיכה
    Jordan's Prince Hamzah
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Earlier this month, the government accused Hamzah — a former crown prince who was sidelined as heir to the throne in 2004 — of involvement in a conspiracy to "destabilize the kingdom's security" and arrested at least 16 people.
    The king broke his silence last Wednesday to tell the nation the worst political crisis in decades was over and on Sunday Abdullah appeared in public alongside Hamzah.
    Khasawneh on Monday "denied there had been an attempted coup", Islamist MP Saleh al-Armouti told AFP. "So if there hadn't been a coup, what happened?" he asked.
    According to Armouti, the prime minister said Hamzah will not face trial, unlike others held on allegations of trying to destabilize Jordan.
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    Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein, right, and Prince Hashem Bin Al-Hussein, left, half brothers of King Abdullah II of Jordan, attend the opening of the parliament in Amman, Jordan
    Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein, right, and Prince Hashem Bin Al-Hussein, left, half brothers of King Abdullah II of Jordan, attend the opening of the parliament in Amman, Jordan
    Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein, right, and Prince Hashem Bin Al-Hussein, left, half brothers of King Abdullah II of Jordan, attend the opening of the parliament in Amman, Jordan
    (Photo: AP)
    "Prince Hamzah's case has been resolved within the royal family," Khasawneh told deputies, he said.
    Khasawneh said a file concerning the case was handed over to the prosecution on Monday, Armouti added.
    "But the premier did not say if the case was submitted to the prosecutor of the state security court or to a normal tribunal."
    After claiming he was put under house arrest on April 3, Hamzah had made extensive use of traditional and social media to lash out against his situation.
    He accused Jordan's rulers of corruption and ineptitude in a video message published by the BBC that same day.
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    עבדאללה מלך ירדן עם ה נסיך חמזה טקס 100 שנה עצמאות ירדן הופעה ראשונה מאז הקרע ביניהם
    עבדאללה מלך ירדן עם ה נסיך חמזה טקס 100 שנה עצמאות ירדן הופעה ראשונה מאז הקרע ביניהם
    Jordanian royal family marking the centenary of the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan alongside Prince Hamzah (in circle)
    But after a statement voicing his loyalty to the king last week, Abdullah said Hamzah had offered his support for the monarchy and that he was now under his "protection".
    Independent MP Khalil Attiyeh also told AFP that the prime minister, during his briefing to parliament, "did not use the terms conspiracy or coup d'etat".
    "He denied that there had been a coup but spoke of a bid to destabilize security and stability" in Jordan, Attiyeh said.
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