Jordan's former crown prince
Jordanian authorities invaded the palace of the kingdom's former crown prince on Saturday and detained two senior aides after uncovering what intelligence officials suspect was an attempted coup against Jordan's reigning monarch, King Abdullah.
The arrests were made in relation to a network linked to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, King Abdullah's half-brother who was suspended from his role 16 years ago.
In a video recording, Prince Hamzah confirmed that he was under house arrest and that he had been ordered to stay at home and not contact anyone.
In a video sent to the BBC by his lawyer, he said that he was not a part of any international plot and that the ruling system was corrupt.
The military leadership of Jordan has dismissed claims that Prince Hamzah has been detained. Intelligence officials in the region and Europe, however, say the influential royal has been put under house arrest in consequence.
Who is Prince Hamza?
Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein bin Talal bin Abdullah (born March 29, 1980 -) is King Hussein's eldest son from his fourth wife, Queen Noor Al Hussein, and is thus King Abdullah II's half-brother. He was the former Crown Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He was also a retired Jordanian army soldier.