Ex-queen: Jordan prince who feuded with king still not free

Former Jordanian queen says Prince Hamzah still not free after feud with king
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04 November, 2021
Former Jordanian Queen Noor has said that her son Prince Hamzah, who was at the centre of a suspected coup attempt against King Abdullah II last spring, is still not free despite official claims that the matter was resolved.
Former Queen Noor tweeted that Prince Hamzah was still 'not free'

Jordan's Prince Hamzah, who was placed under house arrest by his half-brother, King Abdullah II, last spring is still not free, his mother has alleged, drawing new attention to a scandal that exposed the typically guarded royal family to rare public scrutiny.

The rift between Abdullah and Prince Hamzah erupted in April, when the king confined the younger royal to his home, alleging he had conspired with others to destabilize the kingdom. Hamzah denied the claims and alleged corruption at the highest levels.

Hamzah hasn't been seen in public for months. The king has said the matter is being dealt with by the family, and that Hamzah is under his care.

Separately, Hamzah's purported co-conspirators—a former head of the royal court and a distant relative of the king — were convicted of sedition by Jordan's state security court this summer and each sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Late Wednesday, Hamzah's mother Noor, a former queen, made a rare public comment about the scandal in a tweet marking the birthday of her granddaughter Zein.

“Inshallah, her father will be justly freed ASAP, and able to provide a natural, hopeful and uplifting and genuine Jordanian upbringing for her and all the family," Noor wrote.

She did not provide details about Hamzah's situation.

Noor was the fourth wife of the late King Hussein, Abdullah's father. She has lived outside Jordan for years, mostly in the United States.

The former queen briefly commented on her son's detention in the spring.

There was no immediate comment from the royal palace Thursday.

Hamzah's role in the royal rift has been at the center of clashing narratives.

His supporters say he is a popular champion of ordinary Jordanians suffering from economic mismanagement and corruption, while critics characterise him as a disgruntled royal who never forgave Abdullah for taking away his title of crown prince in 2004.

The scandal provided a rare glimpse at the inner workings of Jordan's ruling family, which has typically been guarded and private. Criticism of the king and his family are considered a “red line” in public discourse that Jordanians cannot cross.