Two officials in Jordan face trial over plot against king

The trials of a distant relative of Jordan King Abdullah and his former royal court chief, accused of destabilizing the monarchy, will start next week in the Middle Eastern state, state media reported on Sunday. Sherif Hassan Zaid and Bassem Awadallah were arrested in early April at the same as former heir to the throne, Prince Hamzah, was placed under house arrest.

Hamzah was under investigation for being part of an international plot against the monarchy until he pledged alliance to King Abdullah a few days later. US ally Jordan, typically thought of probably the most steady states within the Center East, drew the highlight on April 4, when former inheritor to the throne Prince Hamzah was positioned below home arrest. In a video assertion he stated, “what has been stated formally is just not a mirrored image of what’s really taking place on the bottom,” denying all of the allegations of wrong doing. Prince Hamzah later pledged allegiance to King Abdullah and settled his variations with the Jordanian monarch. Practically 20 folks have been arrested within the investigation into what a Center Japanese official known as a “well-organized” plot in opposition to King Abdullah II. US-educated Awadallah had been a member of the royal court until 2008 and led a series of economic reforms as finance minister for the Jordanian king. However, he faced stiff resistance from the old guard and an entrenched royal bureaucratic system at the time.