Jordan’s security court to try suspects trying to ‘destabilize’ kingdom

A handout photo released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on April 11, 2021 shows Jordan King Abdullah II (R), Prince Hassan Bin Talal (L) and Prince Hamzah (C) arriving at Raghadan Palace in the capital Jordan. Jordan’s King Abdullah appeared in public with his half-brother Prince Hamzah, showing state television, their first joint appearance since a palace crisis involving the prince shook the kingdom. – AFP / fil

AMMAN: The suspects in an alleged plan to destabilize Jordan will go to court in the country’s state security court, state television reported Wednesday.

“The court’s prosecutor began his investigation on Wednesday into individuals involved in the dissolution,” it said.

Since 2013, the state Security Court, which has both military and civilian judges, has been limited to five areas – high treason, espionage, drug trafficking, counterfeiting of money and terrorism.

About 20 suspects have been arrested since April 3 in connection with what Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi earlier this month called an “evil plan” to destabilize the throne.

Among them are former royal courtier Bassem Awadallah and a former special envoy to Saudi Arabia, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid.

King Abdullah II’s half-brother Prince Hamzah, a former crown prince suspected of being involved in the act, will not sue.

“Prince Hamzah’s case is resolved in the royal family,” Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh was quoted as saying in a closed session of parliament on Monday.

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