Jordan’s Prince Hamza plotted with ‘foreign parties’ to destabilise country, says deputy PM

Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi has said King Abdullah’s half-brother and former crown prince, Prince Hamza, had been liaising with foreign parties over a plot to destabilise the country and had been monitored for some time.

The authorities intercepted communications between Hamza and foreign parties over the timing of steps to undermine Jordan’s security, he said at a news conference.

Safadi said Jordanian intelligence had intercepted certain communications at what he called the “zero hour.”

“Then it was clear they moved from design and planning into action,” Safadi said.

Between 14 and 16 people are under arrest, he told reporters.

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