Jordanian military warns king's half-brother to stop actions undermining stability

Jordanian military warns king's half-brother to stop actions undermining stability
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  • calendar-gray 04 April 2021

Jordan's military has told King Abdullah's half-brother Prince Hamza bin Hussein to halt actions targeting "security and stability" in what people familiar with the matter said could be related to a plot to destabilise the country, APA reports quoting Reuters.

In a statement published by the state news agency, the military said the warning to Prince Hamza was part of a broader, ongoing security investigation in which a former minister, a junior member of the royal family and unnamed others were detained.

Prince Hamza said in a video recording he was under house arrest and had been told to stay at home and not contact anyone.

Speaking in English in the video, passed by his lawyer to the BBC, he said he was not part of any foreign conspiracy and denounced the ruling system as corrupt.

"(Jordanians') well being has been put second by a ruling system that has decided that its personal interests, financial interests, that its corruption is more important than the lives and dignity and future of the ten million people who live here," he said.

Earlier, army chief Yusef Huneity denied reports the prince had been arrested but said he was told to "stop activities that are being exploited to target Jordan's security and stability".

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