WorldCourt rejects princes' request to testify in coup attempt trial in Jordan

Court rejects princes’ request to testify in coup attempt trial in Jordan


In the news on the website of the Jordanian official television channel “Al-Mamleka”, it was stated that the defense lawyers of the court refused the request to be heard as witnesses for former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein, Ali bin Hussein and Hashim bin Hussein.

Mohammad al-Afif, the lawyer of Basim Avadallah, one of the detained witnesses in the case known to the public as the “sedition case” in Jordan, announced that he requested that the princes be summoned to the court to testify, and that the decision would be made today.

Jordan’s official news agency PETRA reported that the court postponed the hearing of the case until Tuesday, June 6th.

Hearings of the case, which started on 21 June, are closed to the press due to state confidentiality.

What happened?

The US-based Washington Post newspaper claimed on April 3 that former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein and 20 people were detained on charges of “conspiring against King Abdullah II”.

While the Jordanian government announced that 16 people were detained, Jordanian Chief of General Staff Major General Ahmed al-Huneyti announced that Prince Hamza was not detained, but that he was asked to stop his activities that could harm the security of the country.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Eymen es-Safedi said in a statement on April 4 that as a result of the investigation, it was revealed that Prince Hamza was involved in some activities targeting the security of the country with foreign powers.

Former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein signed a letter on 5 April confirming his loyalty to King Abdullah II.

King of Jordan, Abdullah II, also issued a written statement to address the nation on April 7, stating that Prince Hamza was in his palace with his family and that the “sedition has come to an end”.

Jordan’s official television announced on April 12 that the Prince Hamza issue would be resolved within the framework of the royal family tradition, and that the former Crown Prince would not appear in court by exempting him from legal proceedings.

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