Jordan has arrested high-profile figures citing security reasons
AMMAN, Jordan – The Jordanian government has arrested several prominent people in the kingdom, including a member of the royal family and a former chief of the royal court, “for security reasons,” the Petra state news agency said on Saturday.
Among those arrested were Bassem Awadallah, a longtime confidant of King Abdullah II, who later became finance minister, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family. The report says they were arrested along with several other friends.
Mr. Awadallah helped lead economic reforms in 2008 before leaving the head of the royal court.
The arrests of high-ranking officials and members of the royal family are not uncommon in Jordan, a normally stable Arab kingdom that has been a strong ally of the West, especially in terms of counter-terrorism cooperation in the Middle East. It borders Israel, Syria and Iraq.