Saudi royal court pledges support for Jordan following security related arrests

The half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II had “stop some movements and activities; that target Jordan’s security and stability;” the country’s top general said Saturday amid the arrest of former senior officials close to the ruling monarchy.

Gen. Yousef Huneiti, the army chief of staff, denied arrest reports that Prince Hamzah. He said an investigation is still ongoing and its results will be public “in a transparent and clear form.”

“No one is above the law and Jordan’s security and stability are above all;” he told the official Petra news agency.

Petra had earlier reported that at least two senior officials who formerly; worked for the palace “and others” was in arrest for “security reasons;” without providing further details.

The Petra report said Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid, and Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, the former head of the royal court, were detained. Awadallah also previously served as planning minister and finance minister.

The Saudi royal court voiced its support for Jordan’s King Abdullah on Saturday, Saudi press Agency (SPA) reported, after Jordanian security forces arrested a former adviser to the monarch and others on “security related” grounds.

“Saudi Arabia affirms its full support, with all its capabilities, to all decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah and Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II, to maintain security and stability,” said a statement from the Saudi royal court.