The half-brother of King Abdullah said in an audio recording that he will not comply after being barred from any activities and told to keep quiet by the army.
Jordan's former crown prince Hamza bin Hussein says he'll disobey orders by the army not to communicate with outside world, after he was put under house arrest.
The half-brother of King Abdullah and former heir to the throne said in an audio recording released by the country's opposition on Monday, that he would not comply after being barred from any activities and told to keep quiet.
"I am going to escalate and won't obey when they tell you you cannot go out or tweet or reach out to people and are only allowed to see the family," he said in the recording he circulated to friends and contacts.
On Saturday the military warned Hamza over actions it said were undermining "security and stability" in Jordan, a key US ally.
Hamza later said he was under house arrest and several high-profile figures were also detained.
In a video the BBC said it obtained from his lawyer, Hamza said several of his friends had been arrested, his security detail removed and his internet and phone lines cut.
At least 16 suspects were arrested and are accused of sedition and working with foreign parties to undermine the security of the country, the government said.
Military's concerns over security
Officials announced on Sunday said that Hamza had liaised with people who had contacts with foreign parties in a plot to destabilise the country and he had been under investigation for some time.
Official news agency Petra named former close aides to the royal family Bassem Awadallah, chief of the royal court in 2007-2008, and Sherif Hassan bin Zaid among an unspecified number of suspects arrested.
The pair were detained for "security reasons", Petra said, quoting a security source.
Jordan's Deputy PM Safadi says:— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) April 4, 2021
- Prince Hamzah, others planned to destabilise Jordan
- Prince Hamzah, others involved in plot to be referred to state security court
- People around Prince Hamzah had links with "foreign parties" to execute plot pic.twitter.com/p08zjd2s0f
Hamza denies allegations
Hamza denied being part of "any conspiracy or nefarious organisation", but said the Hashemite kingdom had "become stymied in corruption, in nepotism, and in misrule" and that nobody was allowed to criticise the authorities.
The widow of Jordan's late king defended her son against allegations by the authorities that he carried out actions targeting "security and stability" in the kingdom.
"Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander," former Queen Noor wrote on Twitter. "God bless and keep them safe."
Jordan's former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein and several high profile officials have been detained over an alleged coup plot pic.twitter.com/kAsdj0ZCxI— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) April 4, 2021
It is unclear why the kingdom decided to crack down on Hamza now.
He had put himself at risk by making frequent visits to tribal gatherings where some people criticised the king.
Officials said efforts were underway to resolve the crisis within the royal family, in the first such open rift in many years, but Hamza was not cooperative.
King Abdullah removed Hamza from his position as heir to the throne in 2004, in a move that consolidated his power.