Jordanian authorities on Saturday detained a member of the royal family, a former aide to the Jordanian king and an undetermined number of people as part of a detention campaign “for security reasons”.
According to the official Jordanian Petra agency, Bassem Awadallah, a former aide to King Abdalá II and a former finance minister, was detained together with Sharif Hasan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, “for security reasons”.
The two are among an undetermined number of detainees, the agency added, citing a source from the security services.
Awadallah was appointed head of the royal court in 2007 and his last post in the Jordanian government was that of a special envoy to Saudi Arabia.
The Al Arabiya channel said the arrests include “people close to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein”, the king’s brother and former Crown Prince, whose current whereabouts are unknown, but this information has not been officially confirmed.
The source of the security services said that the investigations are continuing and that interrogations are taking place with the detainees, without, however, saying how many people they are dealing with.
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