FILE – Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamzeh and his mother, Queen Noor, were photographed during the wedding ceremony that took place in Amman (Jordan) on May 27, 2004. Former queen of Jordan claims her son Prince Hamzah is not yet free from house arrest he was placed under seven months ago by King Abdullah II. The assertion was made by Queen Noor in a late tweet on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 as she celebrated the birthday of one her grand-daughters.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian prince who was put under house arrest by his half-brother, King Abdullah II, in the spring is still not free, his mother alleged, drawing new attention to a scandal that exposed the typically guarded royal family to rare public scrutiny.

Abdullah and Prince Hamzah fell out in April when the king detained the younger prince to his house, alleging that he conspired to undermine the kingdom. Hamzah denies the accusations and has been accused of corruption at the top.

Hamzah hasn’t been seen in public for months. According to the king, the matter has been taken care of by his family and Hamzah remains under his supervision. 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, She briefly commented on her son’s detention in the spring.

The royal court refused to comment on Thursday.

Hamzah’s role in the royal rift has been at the center of clashing narratives. Either he is a champion for ordinary Jordanians who are suffering from corruption and economic mismanagement, or a disgruntled monarch who has never forgiven Abdullah for removing his crown prince title 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 must not cross.


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