More On The Coup in Jordan
By Micah Halpern
Friday June 11, 2021
There continue to be ripples from the attempted overthrow of the King of Jordan several months ago.
At the time, Prince Hamza, a step brother of the current King, was placed under house arrest and charged with attempting to topple the King.
Now, the former head of the royal court, Bassem Awadallah, is standing trial. Also standing trial is former finance minister Sharif Hassan Zaid, a distant relative, who played a significant role in trying to liberalize Jordanís economy.
The two were arrested in early April when the former heir to the throne, Prince Hamza, was placed under house arrest over allegations that he had liaised with foreign parties over a plot to destabilize Jordan, a close U.S. ally in the Middle East.
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