New Delhi: Jordan has accused former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the half-brother of the country’s ruler King Abdullah II, of hatching a plot to “destabilize” the kingdom, according to a Bloomberg report. The move has reportedly exposed a rift at the heart of the country’s royal family and follows Hamzah’s announcement this weekend that he had been forced into isolation.
In a first official explanation of a string of arrests a day earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said on Sunday that the former Crown Prince Hamza Bin Hussein worked in concert with foreign entities. More than 16 people, including at least one other royal, were taken into custody, he reportedly said at a news conference in Amman.
“There was an effort to target Jordan’s security and stability, this effort was foiled,” he was quoted as saying. He, however, gave no evidence to back up his claims, and also declined to say whether the unidentified foreign entities were people or governments and if any money was paid to those involved in the “plot”.
According to the report, the latest crackdown has come as Jordan struggles with a worsening squeeze on its finances and a resurgence of COVID-19…