Jordan's ex-crown prince says in a video he's under 'house arrest'

Prince Hamza bin Al-Hussein

The BBC says it received the statement from Hamzah's lawyer.

Hamzah said he was not accused of making the criticisms himself.

Prince Hamzah, whose title of crown prince was rescinded by the king in 2004, went on to say: 'I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence that has been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. I am not responsible for the lack of faith that people have in their institutions.

Jordan's former crown prince and half brother of King Abdullah II, on Saturday claimed he has been placed under house arrest amid a series of arrests in the kingdom of several high ranking people, including a member of the royal family and a longtime confidant of the monarch.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Jordan's army Yusef Huneity denied reports that Prince Hamza had been arrested but said he was told to "stop activities that are being exploited to target Jordan's security and stability".

The army chief added that investigations are ongoing and that results will be revealed in "a transparent and clear manner", the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Huneiti affirmed that "no one is above the law and that Jordan's security and stability take precedence over any consideration".

"The move followed the discovery of what officials described as a complex and far-reaching plot that included at least one other Jordanian royal as well as tribal leaders and members of the country's political and security establishment".

Petra did not offer additional details on the arrests of royal family member Hassan bin Zaid and the former head of the royal court, Basem Awadallah, saying that an investigation is underway. Awadallah, also previously served as planning minister and finance minister and has private business interests throughout the Gulf region.

He also stated that die Investigations into the arrested people have already started and pointed out that die Arrests of Jordanian personalities continue so far. "King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support", said State Department spokesperson Ned Price in an email to CNN.

The Saudi royal court voiced its "full support" for King Abdullah and all decisions taken by him to maintain security and stability. Since then, King Abdullah has been a top USA ally, often allowing US troops to stage operations from Jordanian territory and participating in the anti-Islamic State campaign. It borders Israel, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Syria and Iraq, the Post reported.

Discontent has risen, with Jordanians increasingly angry over the government's handling of the pandemic and its inability to contain the economic devastation wreaked by strong lockdowns and weekend quarantines.

Jordan is also home to more than two million Palestinian refugees, most of whom have Jordanian citizenship.

Jordan made peace with Israel in 1994.

Tribes who dominate the security forces form the bedrock of support for the kingdom's Hashemite monarchy.

In early 2018, as then-President Donald Trump was threatening to cut aid to countries that did not support US policies, the administration boosted assistance to Jordan by more than $1 billion over five years.

Jordan's 59-year-old king came to power in 1999, when King Hussein before his death elevated the British-educated, eldest son from his first marriage from his relatively obscure position as head of Jordan's special forces to become the new monarch.



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