AMMAN – Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Wednesday that treason had been put to an end after a rift with his half-brother and former heir Prince Hamza, who was accused by the government of links to attempts to destabilize the country.
In his first statement since the case came to light, the emperor said that the crisis shaking the stability of the kingdom was “most painful” as it came from both inside and outside the royal family.
King Abdullah said in a letter published by the state news agency and about Jordan, “Nothing came close to what I felt as a brother and guardian of the Hashemite family and leader of this beloved people.” Television.
He said that the country was now stable and secure. “Hamza is with my family today in my palace under my supervision,” he said.
Two days after mediation by the royal family, Hamza denounced allegiance to King Abdullah, stating that the military had warned him to undermine the security and stability of Jordan.
The government says that Hamza made contact with people associated with foreign parties seeking to destabilize Jordan and has been under scrutiny for some time.
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Abdullah said that he has decided to deal with Hamza’s case.
“For other aspects, they are subject to scrutiny according to the law,” he said in the letter.
Officials say 14 to 16 people have been arrested in connection with the alleged conspiracy.
Jordan on Tuesday banned all news outlets and social media users from publishing any content related to the investigation into Hamza. Reuters has complied with sanctions that carry criminal penalties.
Jordan’s neighbors and allies, including Saudi Arabia, have expressed solidarity with King Abdullah over security measures in the state.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden called King Abdullah to say that Washington supported Jordan’s action “to maintain security and stability,” Jordan’s state news agency reported.