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I’m not going to obey, says Jordan Prince

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In an audio message, the detained royal says he would defy limits on his motion, communications

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah, accused of a “wicked” plot towards his elder half-brother King Abdullah II, has struck a defiant tone, insisting he is not going to obey orders proscribing his motion.

The authorities has accused Prince Hamzah of involvement in a seditious conspiracy to “destabilise the kingdom’s security”, positioned him beneath home arrest and detained not less than 16 extra individuals.

But 41-year-old Hamzah, who says he has been ordered to remain inside his Amman palace, vowed he would defy limits on his motion and communications, in an audio recording posted on Twitter late Sunday.

“I don’t want to make moves and escalate now, but of course, I’m not going to obey when they say you can’t go out, you can’t tweet, you can’t communicate with people, you’re only allowed to see your family,” he stated.

Prince Hamzah — a former Crown Prince who was stripped of that title by King Abdullah in 2004 — has emerged as a vocal critic of the monarchy, accusing Jordan’s management of corruption, nepotism and authoritarian rule.

In a video he despatched to the BBC Saturday he bemoaned “incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse”.

He charged that “no one is able to speak or express opinion on anything without being bullied, arrested, harassed and threatened”.

‘Wicked slander’

Prince Hamza denied being concerned in any “nefarious” plot, however stated he had been positioned beneath home arrest, together with his telephone and web reduce, by Jordan’s army chief, General Youssef Huneiti. In the recording launched on Sunday, Prince Hamzah stated that “when the head of the joint chiefs of staff comes and tells you this … I think it’s kind of unacceptable”.

He added that when Gen. Huneiti visited his house, “I recorded what he said and sent it to my friends abroad and to my family, in case anything happens”.

According to residents, the web has been reduce off for 2 days within the posh district of Dabouq, within the west of the capital Amman, the place Prince Hamzah and different royals reside.

King Abdullah, 59, named Hamzah Crown Prince in 1999, consistent with their father’s dying want, however stripped him of that title 5 years later and named his personal son Prince Hussein, now 26, inheritor to the throne.

Hamzah’s mom, American-born Queen Noor, defended her son, tweeting that she was “praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander”.

The disaster has laid naked divisions in a rustic often seen as a bulwark of stability in West Asia. Washington, main Gulf powers, Egypt and the Arab League had been all fast to pledge their help for King Abdullah and all his steps to make sure stability, and an analogous message got here from Russia Monday.

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