Jordan’s Royal Hashemite Court has released a strongly worded statement denying reports circulating that His Majesty King Abdullah II had his brothers arrested for reportedly being involved in a Saudi-UAE led coup to overthrow the Jordanian monarch.
The Court has said they will pursue legal measures against those who have reported “lies and false claims” against the members of the Jordanian Royal Family.
The Royal Hashemite Court’s statement in full said:
“Rumours and misleading claims have been circulated over the past few days by a number of online outlets and social media websites, spreading lies about Their Royal Highnesses Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, and Prince Talal bin Muhammed.
“The Royal Hashemite Court will pursue legal measures against those who spread lies and false claims against Their Royal Highnesses the Princes and members of the Royal Hashemite Family, as the fabricated news circulated recently is aimed at undermining Jordan and its institutions.
“Our loyal people do not fall for such lies, which can never damage Jordan’s national unity and the deep-rooted relationship between Jordanians and the Royal Hashemite Family.
“His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), had sent Their Royal Highnesses letters in appreciation of their service after they were referred to retirement from the JAF.
“Their Royal Highnesses had been exemplary officers of the Arab Army, loyal to Jordan and the Hashemite Throne.”
Media in the Middle East and some in the United Kingdom earlier reported the information regarding the arresting of King Abdullah’s brothers which led to the statement released today.
The false report earlier today stated that the King’s brothers Prince Faisal and Prince Ali and his cousin Prince Talal were among those relieved of their duties in the military and arrested. Allegedly, Jordanian intelligence told His Majesty that his brothers and cousins were in contact with both the UAE and Saudi Arabia regarding plans to overthrow King Abdullah. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed – the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
These “rumours and misleading claims” have angered the Court and have strongly been denied. His brothers and cousins were referred to retirement after years of service to their country, and no arrests have been made.