US News Jordan: the two acknowledgments of the King plead not guilty

20:40  21 june  2021
20:40  21 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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This is a high-voltage trial that was opened on Monday, June 21 in Jordan, two months after what was presented as a coup attempt. In the accused box: two senior Jordanian officials judged for sedition and conspiracy against King Abdallah II. They are accused of fomenting a coup with the complicity of the king's half-brother, Prince Hamzah, who is not judged. It is therefore an unprecedented trial that touches the royal family in the heart.

It is in camera without press and without lawyers that the trial of the two accused started. Faced with the judges, a Bassem Awadallah, a former Minister of the Economy and former Head of the Royal Court and Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid, a member of the Royal and Former Special Envoy of Jordan in Saudi Arabia.

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According to the indictment, the two senior officials worked with Prince Hamzah to influence public opinion against King Abdallah II. For that, they would have prepared critical messages towards the plan to disseminate on the social networks of the prince.

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up to 20 and 30 years in prison

still according to the indictment, Bassem Awadallah is suspected of having worked with great foreign powers To tarnish the image of the King towards the Palestinian cause.

On April 5, during a visit to Amman, a Saudi delegation had also asked in vain the release of Bassem Awadallah, which also has Saudi nationality.

The two men refute these charges and pleading not guilty. They risk up to 20 and 30 years in prison. According to a defense lawyer, it is the most important business in the history of Jordan.

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