The investigation showed that outside parties with whom Prince Hamza had active contacts were involved in the events in Jordan, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Kingdom Ayman Hussein Abdullah al-Safadi said.
During their investigation, the Jordanian special services found that the suspicious activities of the former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein posed a threat to the security of Jordan. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Kingdom Ayman Hussein Abdullah al-Safadi announced this on Sunday at a press conference in Amman, broadcast by Al-Hadath. with whom Prince Hamza had active contacts for a long time, “said the Deputy Prime Minister. According to him, the Jordanian special services arrested on Saturday 14-16 people in this case. Al-Safadi stressed that there is not a single serviceman among the detainees. “The information that has appeared on this matter is incorrect,” he said. “The army, on the contrary, managed to thwart the plans of the conspirators before they began to be realized.”
As the Deputy Prime Minister noted, King Abdullah II tried to persuade his half-brother to abandon anti-government activity and return to the bosom of the Hashemite royal family. “However, Prince Hamza did not respond to this request of the monarch properly,” he said.
On Saturday, the Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, Major General Yousef al-Huneiti, announced the arrests in Amman as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to destabilize the situation in Jordan. Among the detainees were named Sheriff Hassan bin Zayed, who previously served as the envoy of the Jordanian monarch to Saudi Arabia, and former adviser to Abdullah II on economic issues, ex-finance minister Bassem Awadallah.
The Jordanian military leader denied reports that the former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (who held this position from 1999 to 2004) was placed under house arrest. The general noted that the king’s half-brother is at large, however, according to him, Prince Hamza was advised: “not to take any more actions affecting the security and stability of the kingdom.”
Later, the BBC broadcast a video of the statement of Prince Hamza from a palace on the outskirts of Amman, in which he confirmed that he was “in complete isolation with his wife and children,” and all those around him were detained.