Jordan says foils “malicious plot” to destabilize country

Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday that Prince Hamza, former minister and royal court chief Bassem Awadallah, and royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zeid have contacts with external powers to take some actions against the country.

“Jordan succeeded in taking all necessary measures to foil the malicious plot and the security bodies intervened at the last minute and foiled these attempts seeking to harm Jordan’s stability and security,” he added.

Safadi said as part of a thorough security operation and investigation, Awadallah and Sharif Hassan were arrested as well as around 15 other persons on Saturday for involvement in the plot.

The minister said no military generals were arrested and the military establishment was not part of these attempts.

Asked if legal measures will be taken against the prince, he said King Abdullah II wants to resolve the issue with Prince Hamza within the Hashemite family.

Safadi said that communications between the prince’s wife and a foreign individual affiliated with foreign security forces were intercepted on Saturday. This individual offered to provide a jet to facilitate the escape to a foreign country from Jordan.

He added that the king was informed of the outcomes of the investigation and decided to directly converse with the prince and tackle the manner as a familial issue.

On Saturday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Jordan’s army Yousef Huneiti denied reports that Prince Hamza had been detained, and said the prince has been asked to cease all activities used to target the “country’s security and stability.”