Two Jordanians Sentenced to Prison in Plot Against Monarchy

After a trial rife with accusations of betrayal inside Jordan’s royal household and interference by Saudi Arabia, a Jordanian courtroom sentenced King Abdullah II’s former adviser together with a cousin of the monarch to 15 years in jail on Monday for making an attempt to destabilize the dominion.

Jordan’s state information company mentioned Bassem Awadallah, a former royal courtroom chief in Jordan who turned an adviser to the Saudi crown prince, and Sharif Hassan bin Zeid have been discovered responsible of sedition.

Bassem Awadallah, then director of the Office of King Abdullah II of Jordan, in 2008.Credit…Nader Daoud/Associated Press

The two have been arrested in April in a case involving King Abdullah’s youthful brother Prince Hamzah that despatched shock waves by the dominion and raised alarm in the United States, which considers Jordan one among its closest safety and intelligence allies in the Middle East.

The trial started in June in a closed safety courtroom on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan’s capital. Prince Hamzah, the son of King Hussein and his fourth and final spouse, the American-born Queen Noor, has publicly pledged loyalty to King Abdullah and won’t face trial. He was positioned below home arrest in April and his actions and communications stay restricted.

Mr. Awadallah and Sharif Hassan have been accused of serving to to set up an alleged plot by Prince Hamzah to gasoline dissent in the dominion in opposition to his brother’s reign.

Lt. Col. Muwafaq al-Masaeed, a army decide, introduced the decision following a closed-door trial. The next courtroom has 30 days to verify or overturn the decision.

Jordanian attorneys for the 2 males mentioned they’d enchantment and that they didn’t take into account the decision a conviction till it had been ratified by the upper courtroom.