Jordan: Prince Hamza Is Committed to Principles of Kingdom

UMMATIMES - Jordan's Royal Court announced Monday that Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the former crown prince, is committed to the principles of the Hashemite royal family.

"In view of the decision taken by His Majesty King Abdullah to deal with Prince Hamza within the boundaries of the Hashemite Royal family, His Majesty King Abdullah authorized Prince El Hassan bin Talal to handle the situation," said a statement by the royal court.

The move came a day after initial investigations by Jordanian authorities indicated that Prince Hamzah, who served as crown prince from 1999-2004, was involved in conspiracy with foreign elements in an attempt to destabilize the country's security. Previously, The Washington Post reported that there was a conspiracy to overthrow King Abdullah II.

On Saturday, former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, half-brother of King Abdullah and former head of the Jordanian Royal Court Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, was detained along with 20 other people on the grounds of posing a threat to Jordan's stability.

In a statement, Major General Yousef Huneiti, chairman of Jordan's Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied that Prince Hamza was being held or placed under house arrest, but confirmed that he was asked to stop activities being used to target Jordan's security and stability.