Former Jordanian Crown Prince 'under house arrest'

Jordan arrests ex-palace aide, others for ‘security’ reasons

The widow of Jordan's late king today defended her son, former Crown Prince Hamza Bin Hussein, against allegations by the authorities that he carried out actions targeting "security and stability" in the kingdom.

Security forces arrested several officials on Saturday.

"During the weekend, Prince Hamzah told me about what happened in Jordan and I proposed him to send his wife and kids to stay in my house".

"We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials", State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

What was the reaction in Jordan? .

Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander. "God bless and keep them safe", she said on Twitter.

Jordan, whose royal family traces its lineage back to Prophet Muhammad, has been ruled since 1999 by 59-year-old Abdullah II, the oldest son of the revered late King Hussein and his second wife, the British-born Princess Muna. But the prince has disputed this in a video message.

"Pakistan assures the people of Jordan and the government of Jordan full support and cooperation", Ashrafi said in a statement on Sunday.

On Saturday, authorities in Jordan announced their decision to arrest 20 people, including high-profile officials.

Mr Awadallah previously served as a finance minister and chief of the royal court, before he resigned in 2008.

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Safadi, who is also foreign minister, said another 14 to 16 suspects had been arrested.

The army said it had cautioned Hamzah against damaging the country's security, but denied he had been arrested. Hamzah himself said he was placed under house arrest and cut off from communication.

"The chance to become king escaped him twice: when his father died prematurely - he was too young - and when his brother withdrew his title" of heir, the Jordanian analyst said.

"This is something the king does not accept or tolerate, " he told the AP.

The UK also backed the king. "The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a greatly valued partner for the UK", said James Cleverly, minister for Middle East and North Africa.

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia reacted swiftly to developments in Amman.

Although the developments in Jordan have come as a surprise for many, DW reporter Aya Ibrahim says there were indications a closer look at the developments on the ground show what led to this point.

Some opposition figures have rallied around Prince Hamza, in a move that has displeased the king, officials familiar with the situation said. "I am a close personal friend of Prince Hamzah".

The King also received phone calls from King Mohammed VI of Morocco, King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and Kuwait Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who expressed their countries' full solidarity with Jordan, under His Majesty's leadership. He added that had this happened in another country, "we would have seen blood".

How have Jordan's allies responded? It borders Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Iraq.

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