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Former Crown Prince Hamzah of Jordan under house arrest

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Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the former Crown Prince of Jordan, says he has been placed under house arrest.

The Prince, who is half brother to King Abdullah, claims that his detention comes as part of a crackdown on critics.

BBC News has obtained a video of the Prince explaining his current situation from his apparent arrest.

This is despite the military previously denying that Hamzah had been detained.

Around 20 high profile figures were arrested on Saturday evening for “security reasons”.

It is being widely reported that an alleged coup may have been underway against the King.

Prince Hamzah denies any wrongdoing and asserts that he is not part of any conspiracy.

Speaking a short time ago, the Prince said: “I had a visit from chief of general staff of the Jordanian armed forces this morning in which he informed me that I was not allowed to go out, to communicate with people or to meet with them because in the meetings that I had been present in – or on social media relating to visits that I had made – there had been criticism of the government or the king.

“I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse… And I am not responsible for the lack of faith people have in their institutions.

“It has reached a point where no one is able to speak or express opinion on anything without being bullied, arrested, harassed and threatened.”