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Mother of Jordan’s ex-crown prince decries allegations against son

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Queen Nour of Jordan, the mother of former Crown Prince Hamzah, on Sunday dismissed “wicked slander” claims that her son was involved in acts of destabilization.

On Saturday, the Jordanian military said Hamzah, King Abdullah II‘s half-brother, had been urged to refrain from activities that could undermine the stability of the kingdom.

Jordan also said several high-profile figures were arrested for security reasons, as media reported they were linked to Hamzah.

Nour, the widow of the late King of Jordan Hussein, said in a tweet that she prayed that truth and justice prevail for all innocent victims of this wicked slander.

Hamzah, 41, was the crown prince of Jordan between 1999 and 2004, when Abdullah deposed him and named his own son.

In videos released on Saturday, Hamzah said the army chief told him not to leave his home or communicate with people.

His remarks came hours after the military denied the prince was under house arrest.

Although there have been previous rumors of divisions within Jordan’s royal family, such a public split is rare.

Several Arab governments have expressed their unequivocal support for the Jordanian measures.

The leaders of Qatar, Kuwait and Morocco on Sunday called on King Abdullah II and expressed their support for the Jordanian monarch to “maintain the security and stability of Jordan,” Jordanian media reported.

Jordan, a predominantly desert kingdom, is a major regional ally of the United States. (dpa / NAN)

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