A famous intelligence website revealed the details of the recent trial in the case, which has become known in the media as the “Sedition Case,” in which the former head of the royal court, Basem Awadallah, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid are accused.
“Intelligence Online” confirmed in a report it read (Watan) that the Jordanian General Intelligence, headed by Major General Ahmed Hosni, in whom King Abdullah II trusts greatly, threw its weight in the trial that began last week against those close to the former crown prince, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, who The authorities accuse them of plotting to carry out a coup.
Jordanian intelligence is convinced that Saudi Arabia is behind Bassem Awad Allah
The intelligence website stressed that Jordanian intelligence is convinced that Saudi Arabia was behind the actions of Awad Allah, who holds dual Saudi and Jordanian nationalities.
On June 13, the State Security Court charged Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid with the charges of “inciting opposition to the existing political regime in the Kingdom” and “carrying out actions that endanger the safety and security of society and cause sedition.”
They face up to twenty years in prison, if convicted, according to their lawyers.
In addition, the website confirmed the focus of the General Intelligence on the trial of the Chief of the Royal Court, the former Minister of Finance, Basem Awadallah, and the Sharif Hassan bin Zaid businessman, who belongs to the royal family in Jordan.
An exception was made for Prince Hamzah, the half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who was not included in the trial and was not charged.
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The site says that although no charges have been brought against Prince Hamzah directly, to limit the damage caused to the royal family.
The defendants alleged in court that the emir had tried to lure disaffected figures in the Jordanian tribes, and invited them to his house, in an attempt to create a base of support loyal to him.
Awadallah, who was Jordan’s special envoy to Saudi Arabia, Sherif Hassan bin Zaid, and former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein, were arrested in April.
The website indicated that the General Intelligence’s role was not limited to investigating the case, but also detained the two men at its headquarters near Amman.
The trial of the accused in the sedition case
The trial opened behind closed doors on June 21 at the State Security Court in Amman, which replaced the military court in 1991.
The website reported that the intelligence presented at the trial letters that it intercepted between “Awad Allah” and “Bin Zaid,” who was alleged to be a mediator between “Awad Allah” and Prince “Hamza.”
The court refuses to summon Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein to testify
On Thursday, the State Security Court in Jordan rejected the invitation of the list of witnesses submitted by the defense team to the court, in the context of what has become known in the Kingdom as the “sedition case.”
The defense requested that 27 Prime Time Zone, including Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein, appear in order to testify in the case before the court, which was refused.
Prince Hamzah, King Abdullah’s half-brother, is at the center of the allegations but avoided punishment in April 2021 after declaring his allegiance to the king.
The list of witnesses included Princes Hamza, Hashem and Ali, Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh, and his Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, along with twenty others, including a British communications expert who participated in providing his expertise in major cases such as the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
On Thursday, the official Petra news agency published a brief report on the session, which the media was prevented from attending, in which it was stated that the representative of the Public Prosecution presented his closing arguments; Asking in the result to “sentence the accused in accordance with the provisions of the law and impose a deterrent punishment against them,” to request the defense attorneys for the accused to give them a grace period to present their written pleadings.
For his part, Muhammad Al-Afif, the lawyer for the first accused, Basem Awadallah, confirmed that “the court’s decision not to accept the invitation of the defense witnesses in full, without accepting the testimony of any person, whether from princes, supervisors, officials or citizens, is up to the court because it has the say and the decision ».
Al-Afif added to reporters that the decision came “justifying many points in the case report, including the lack of productivity, and that calling some witnesses may affect the course of justice.”
He revealed that in the next session, pleadings will be presented, and then the judgment pronouncement session, stressing that he will go to the Court of Cassation if the verdict is not in favor of the accused.
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