Arrested for criticizing the king, prince of Jordan says he will not remain silent

Former Crown Prince of Jordan, Hazam bin Hussein
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The prince removed from Jordan, Hamzah bin Hussein, said in a voice recording released on Monday (5) that he would disobey the orders of the country’s army not to communicate with the outside world after being placed under house arrest.

King Abdullah’s half-brother and former heir to the throne said in the recording released by the country’s opposition that he would not obey the order after being prevented from doing any activity and being forced to be quiet.

“I will climb and I will not obey when they say you can’t go out, tweet or talk to people and you can only see the family,” he said in the recording that reached friends and close contacts.

Last Saturday (3), the military warned the prince about actions that they say are undermining “security and stability” in Jordan, an important ally of the United States.

Prince Hamza later said he was under house arrest. Several important figures from the country were also detained.

On Sunday (4), authorities announced that Prince Hamza had spoken to people who were in contact with foreign parties in a conspiracy to destabilize the country and that he had been under investigation for some time.

It is not clear why the kingdom decided to suppress Prince Hamza now, but he took the risk by making frequent visits to meetings where some people criticized the king.

Authorities said efforts were underway to resolve the crisis within the royal family, which would be the first division between them in many years, but Prince Hamza did not cooperate.

King Abdullah removed Prince Hamza from his position as heir to the throne in 2004, in a move that consolidated his power.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; editing by Alison Williams and Giles Elgood)

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