Jordan court jails two ex-officials for 15 years over coup plot

AFP , Monday 12 Jul 2021

Jordan's State Security Court on Monday sentenced to 15 years' jail each two ex-officials accused of plotting to overthrow King Abdullah II in favour of his half-brother.

Prince Hamzah, Abdullah's half-brother, was not on trial but the indictment said that former royal court chief Bassem Awadallah and co-defendant Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, an ex-special envoy to Saudi Arabia, had conspired with him to topple the king.

The court convicted the pair of "incitement against the ruling system" and "sedition", an AFP reporter said.

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