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Saudi backs Jordan on arrest of former head of Royal Court

Saudi backs Jordan on arrest of former head of Royal Court

The Saudi Arabian administration announced on Saturday that it stands by Jordan in any decision it takes to protect the security of that country.

After allegations that former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein was detained in Jordan, a written statement by the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia was published by Saudi Arabian news agency SPA.

The statement said the Kingdom supported decisions by Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Prince Hussein bin Abdullah to protect the security and stability of the country against any sabotage attempts.

It emphasized that the security and stability of Jordan, led by King Abdullah, would continue.

According to a report by the Washington Post, Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein and 20 people were allegedly detained on grounds that they were a threat to Jordan’s 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.

Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein was the Crown Prince in 1999-2004 before King Abdullah II's eldest son, Hussein bin Abdullah, was appointed to the position. 

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Reuters
AMMAN: Jordanian King Abdullah’s half-brother and former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein has been told to halt actions used to target the country’s “security and stability”, the military said on Saturday.

In a statement published on the state news agency, it said this was part of a broader, ongoing security investigation in which a former minister, a member of the royal family and unnamed others were detained.

Army chief 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”. He did not specify what such actions were.

Two people familiar with the situation told Reuters security forces had arrived at Prince Hamza’s house and begun an investigation. King Abdullah dismissed Hamza as heir to the throne in 2004 in a move that consolidated his power.

People familiar with the affair said the crackdown could have been related to a plot to destabilise Jordan, a key ally of the United States...

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