Who is Jordan's ex-crown prince Hamzah, accused of destabilizing kingdom?

Jordan arrests ex-palace aide, others for ‘security’ reasons

Jordan's King Abdullah II laughs with his half-brother, then-crown prince Hamzah Bin Hussein, right, on April 2, 2001.

Jordanian authorities on Saturday arrested dozens of people, including a former crown prince after his alleged threat to the "security and stability" of a vital U.S. ally in the Middle East. Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the eldest son of the late King Hussein was reportedly told to remain at his Amman palace following what officials said was a complex plot to unseat his older half-brother, King Abdullah II.

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".

It was reported that the prince was kept in his palace in the capital, Amman, on charges of a "coup attempt" and among those detained were people from the nation's security service.

Abdullah had appointed Hamzah crown prince in 1999 in line with Hussein's dying wishes, but in 2004 stripped him of the title and gave it to his own eldest son Hussein.

Labib Kamhawi, a Jordanian analyst, told the Associated Press that Hamzah likely crossed a line for the royal family by indicating he might be an alternative to the long-ruling king.

Officials said efforts were underway to resolve the crisis within the royal family, in the first such open rift in many years, but Prince Hamzah was not cooperative.

In a separate statement, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said Jordan's stability and prosperity was the "basis for the stability and prosperity of the whole region" and vowed "firm and lasting" support for it.

Who else has been arrested?

DFAT checks on Australians in Taiwan crash
He could face charges of causing death by negligence and of forging documents and he said he was co-operating with investigators. Taiwan has no domestic travel curbs as the COVID-19 pandemic is well under control, with only 43 active cases in hospitals.

In a video passed by his lawyer to the BBC, Hamzah has said that he has been placed under house arrest as part of a crackdown on critics, and has denied being a part of any conspiracy against the government or King Abdullah.

Prince Hamzah later said he was under house arrest.

At the time, however, Hamzah was seen as too young to be named Hussein's successor, and Abdullah took the throne.

The oil-rich GCC states are key backers of resource-poor Jordan, which depends heavily on external aid.

The United States, which is allied with Jordan in its campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group, described the monarch as a key partner who has its full support.

His comment came during a meeting of top officials as they mark the 100th anniversary of the Jordanian state.

"We support the steps taken by King Abdullah to maintain Jordanian national security, stressing that Jordan's security and stability is a supreme Palestinian interest". He has good relations officially with Abdullah, his half-brother, and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders. Several high-profile figures were also detained. Before becoming royal court chief in 2007, he was head of the king's cabinet.

It declared independence in 1946, and despite having little oil wealth, severely lacking water and repeatedly being rocked by wars on its borders, the kingdom has managed to survive the regional upheavals.

Related News:



Most liked

Over 7.44 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered till now
India recorded the highest increase in COVID-19 cases in one day so far amid the second wave of coronavirus, in almost six months. Besides, 4,57,78,875 and 7,65,354 beneficiaries aged more than 45 have been administered the first and second dose respectively.

Jordan's Queen Noor calls coup plot allegations 'wicked slander'
Jordan's King Abdullah II laughs with his half-brother, then-crown prince Hamzah Bin Hussein, right, on April 2, 2001. Jordan's traditional allies, including the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have expressed support for King Abdullah.

USA stops AstraZeneca vaccine production at Baltimore plant - NY Times
Meanwhile, the measures Emergent put in place to "prevent contamination or mix-ups" had come up short, the investigator said. The company has partnered with J&J and AstraZeneca for their USA coronavirus vaccine supply chains.

Florida declares state of emergency over toxic wastewater leak
Attempts to fix the leak late on Friday, by plugging the hole with rocks and other materials, were unsuccessful. Elevated ponds called gypsum stacks are full of contaminated water produced as a chemical byproduct of mining.

Media report on suspect in deadly Capitol attack
Police said Green rammed his auto into the officers at 1:02 p.m. and then exited the vehicle and lunged at them. The Capitol Police said the other officer was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Canada surpasses 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic
Thursday's lockdown will require the closure of hair salons, gyms, and indoor dining in regions not now under such restrictions. The Spring break will also go ahead as planned the week of April 12 and Child Care will also remain open during shutdown.

PACK YOUR BAGS: Restrictions Loosened For Fully-Vaccinated Travelers
"I still continue to worry that with 80% of the population unvaccinated, we still have a lot of work to do", Walensky said. Almost 58 million of those people are fully vaccinated, either with a single-dose or two-shot regimen.

Auto rams into police at Capitol barricade; officer killed
The law enforcement officials told the AP that the suspect was shot and was being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Capitol Police officers stand near a vehicle that crashed into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington , April 2, 2021.

Province-wide shutdown starts Saturday
Capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services , rites or ceremonies is limited to 15 per cent capacity per room indoors. Brown believes schools should be the last to close and first to open because of the impacts the shutdowns have on children.

Car Rams US Capitol Barricade; One Officer and Driver Dead
Large sections of fencing that secluded much of the surrounding area for months have only begun to come down in recent weeks. But Congress is now in recess, meaning the majority of politicians are not at the Capitol complex today.

Fully vaccinated Americans cleared to travel without tests or quarantine periods — CDC
The agency's guidance, released in March , says people who have been fully vaccinated can meet indoors without masks. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

U.S. Capitol on lockdown after security incident
The vehicle hit a barricade just outside the Senate, on a street that had recently been reopened after the January 6 insurrection. She says the suspect then exited the vehicle with a knife and lunged at the officers.

Ontario going into a month-long 'shutdown' Saturday
Variants of concern are fueling a third wave of the pandemic in Ontario, leading to more hospitalizations and ICU admissions. Essential stores will remain open at 50 percent capacity and non-essential retail can operate at 25 percent capacity.

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders found guilty
Critics, including Western governments, have condemned the arrests of Lee and other democrats amid the ongoing crackdown. Earlier this week Chinese leaders also passed a new law governing Hong Kong's already limited local elections.

Investigation begins into how ship got stuck on Suez Canal
The Suez Canal provides one of Egypt's main sources of income , alongside tourism and remittances from expatriates. The delay almost doubled rates for oil product tankers.