Prince Hamza, accused of conspiring against his half brother, King Abdullah II of Jordan, said he would not obey orders to stay at home, in an audio recording published on the social network Twitter, this Monday.
“Of course I will not obey (at the orders of the chief of staff, General Youssef Huneiti) when he tells me that I am not allowed to go out, to ‘tweet’, to communicate with people and that I am only allowed to see my family “, said Prince Hamza in this recording, in which he speaks by phone with an interlocutor.
On Saturday, the chief of staff went to Prince Hamza’s house to ask him to cease “all movements and activities aimed at Jordan’s security and stability”, but the meeting went wrong, the deputy prime minister said on Sunday. minister, Aymane Safadi.
“I recorded the whole conversation and distributed it (…). Now I’m waiting to see what will happen and what they will do. I don’t want to move because I don’t want to make the situation any worse,” said the prince in his last recording.
On Saturday, Prince Hamza announced that he was “under house arrest” at his palace in Amman.
In a video broadcast to the BBC by his lawyer, the prince said that the army chief of staff had told him that he “was not allowed to leave” from his home.
Hamza denied participating in a conspiracy, accusing the Jordanian authorities of “corruption” and “incompetence”.
On Saturday, Jordanian authorities arrested several people “for security reasons” in the capital, Amman.
According to Safadi, two Jordanian personalities, Bassem Awadallah and Cherif Hassan ben Zaid, as well as 14 to 16 people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in this attempt to “destabilize” the kingdom.
Hamza stated, in a video sent to the BBC, that the Jordanian chief of staff, communicated to him that he was prohibited from leaving home, a reprisal for allegedly participating in “activities that are being used to achieve Jordan’s security and stability. “.
In the video, Hamza denied having participated in any conspiracy activity and claimed to have responded to General Yousef Huneiti who is not responsible for “the collapse of governance, the corruption and incompetence that have prevailed in the structure of the Government in the last 15 to 20 years”.
In a statement, the military chief denied that Hamza had been arrested.
Hamza, 41, was the last son of the former King Hussein with his fourth and last wife, Noor, of American origin.
Before he died in 1999, Hussein appointed Hamza as crown prince and his half brother Abdullah as king, but the title of crown prince was withdrawn in 2004 and conferred on Abdullah II’s eldest son, Hussein.
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