File Photo: Jordan s King Abdullah II (2nd-L), his wife Queen Rania (L), Crown Prince Hamzah Bin al-Hussein (R) and Princess Noor Bint Aasem Bin Nayef pose for a picture during the engagement ceremony of Hamza and Noor at the royal palace. AFP
King Abdullah II said in the decree that he had approved measures to detain Prince Hamzah in his palace and restrict his communications and movements, citing his half brother’s “erratic behavior and aspirations.”
In a message directed to the Jordanian people, King Abdullah II said "I chose to deal with my brother Prince Hamzah within the confines of our family, hopeful that he would realise the error of his ways, repent and become an engaged member of our Hashemite family."
"But after more than a year during which he exhausted all opportunities to restore himself on the right path, in line with the legacy of our family, I have come to the disappointing conclusion that he will not change," he added.
"And now, I am certain that he is living in a state of self-deception, where he sees himself as the sole guardian of our Hashemite legacy, and the target of a systematic campaign by our institutions," he added.