Jordan coup plot accused want prince to testify: lawyer
"The two defendants, Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, insist that Prince Hamza testify in this case," Mohammad Afif, who represents Awadallah, told AFP.
"The final decision is up to the court, but if it refuses to summon him, it must justify it," he said on the second day of the closed-door trial in the State Security Court in Amman.
Former royal court chief Awadallah and Bin Zaid, once a special envoy to Riyadh, are accused of trying to help Prince Hamza overthrow King Abdullah II. They have pleaded not guilty.
Prince Hamza, 41, is not facing trial, although the indictment says he "was determined to fulfil his personal ambition to rule, in violation of the Hashemite constitution and customs".
The court heard two prosecution witnesses on Monday, while three others gave written statements.
On Tuesday, it heard the last witness presented by the prosecution, the lawyer said.
"At the next hearing on Sunday, the two defendants will present their defence in writing and then at the next session we will ask the court to hear five to 10 defence witnesses," he said.
As part of the prosecution's case is based on wiretaps conducted by the security services, Afif said "the defence plans to call on Jordanian and foreign experts to verify the authenticity of the recordings".
King Abdullah appointed Hamza as crown prince in 1999, at the request of his late father, but removed him from the post in 2004 to appoint his son, Prince Hussein, as next in line to the throne in 2009.
Authorities said the prince would not stand trial as his case had been resolved within the royal family.