Former Crown Prince of Jordan Hamza bin Hussein recorded a video message in which he said he was placed under house arrest amid criticism of the government’s actions. It is reported by “BBC”.
According to the prince, he was visited by the chief of the general staff of the Jordanian armed forces, who said that he was not allowed to go out, communicate with people or meet with them. “Because criticism of the government or the king was noticed at the meetings where I attended, or on social networks following events with my participation,” he said. Hamza bin Hussein added that he was not personally charged with criticizing government officials.
The former heir to the throne also said that he was not responsible for the failure of governance, corruption, and incompetence, which, according to him, have dominated the Jordanian government structure for the past 15-20 years. The prince stressed that the situation “has reached the point where no one can speak or express an opinion on any issue and not be hounded, arrested, tortured and not faced with threats.”
Earlier it was reported that a member of the royal family Sheriff Hassan bin Zayed and a former adviser to King Abdullah II of Jordan, ex-Minister of Finance Bassam Awadallah were arrested in Amman. As reported by TASS with reference to the pan-Arab TV channel “Al-Mayadin”, in Amman, a “conspiracy to remove Abdullah II from power” was uncovered. Former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein and several high-ranking officers are under house arrest.