Jordan Restricts Prince Hamza’s Movement, Communications, and Residency

Jordan's King Abdullah has decreed restrictions on the movements, place of residence, and communications of his half-brother Prince Hamza.

Amman — Jordan’s King Abdullah has decreed restrictions on the movements, place of residence; and communications of his half-brother Prince Hamza, the royal court said on Thursday.

Prince Hamza is a former heir to Jordan’s throne and was placed under house arrest last year. He was accused in April 2021 of trying to destabilize the monarchy in a foreign-inspired plot but was spared punishment after pledging allegiance to the King.

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Jordan’s Prince Hamza had apologized to King Abdullah for his misconduct. He accepted his mistakes and sought forgiveness for his involvement in the country’s high-profile sedition case.

The Jordanian government also sentenced Bassem Awadallah, a former royal chief adviser. And a minor royal to a 15-year jail term for thPrinceeir involvement in the alleged plot.

The 42-year-old Hamza was named Crown Prince at King Hussein’s death in 1999. The then Crown Prince Abdullah became King; but Hamza lost his title five years later when Abdullah installed his son as heir as stipulated under the constitution.

The palace was angered when the estranged prince announced he was giving up his royal title in protest over Jordan’s current policies last month.

The palace says that titles can be revoked only by the monarch under royal family laws.

Hamza was allowed freedom of movement after he issued an apology in March. In his apology, he had pledged not to act against the interests of Jordan’s rulers.

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