Jordan arrests former head of royal court for security reasons


State media reports that arrests were made for ‘security reasons’. Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, former head of the Jordanian royal court, and other former officials were arrested for “security reasons,” state media reported on Saturday.

“Jordanian citizens, Hassan bin Zaid, Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, and others were arrested,” Jordan news agency Petra said, citing security sources.

“The arrest was made after close security follow-up and was executed for security reasons,” according to the report.

Petra said that an investigation was underway on the incident.

Meanwhile, it also denied the reports over the arrest of Prince Hamzah, the half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

“A well-informed source told the Jordan News Agency (Petra) that HRH Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein is neither placed under house arrest nor detained as some news outlets claimed earlier today,” Petra said.

The military chief also denied the reports, however, said that Prince Hamzah was asked to stop “movements and activities that are used to target” the security and stability of Jordan, Petra reported.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Huneiti said the move is part of joint comprehensive investigations undertaken by security agencies.

He said the investigations are going on, and the results will be announced to the public.

– Jordan to Israel: ‘Situation is under control’

Meanwhile, an Israeli journalist, Barak Ravid said on Twitter: “Jordan sent a message to Israel today that ‘the situation is under control’ after the wave of arrests & there is no threat for the stability of the kingdom.”

“Israeli officials told me the message was passed by Jordanian military officials to their Israeli counterparts,” Ravid added.