Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – A Jordanian official source denied, on Thursday, the validity of reports that the former head of the royal court, Bassem Awadallah, left the country, according to Jordan News Agency (Petra).
The source said that Awadallah is still being held pending investigations, and that what is being circulated on social media is untrue that he left the country.
A few days ago, arrests took place in Jordan against the former head of the royal court for “security reasons,” while Jordanian officials previously said that Basem Awadallah was linked to an attempt to “destabilize Jordan’s security and stability” in cooperation with “external parties.”
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi estimated that at least 14 to 16 people had been arrested.
Next to “Awad Allah”, who was in contact with the former Crown Prince, Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, the half-brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan, according to Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, at a press conference a few days ago.
Meanwhile, the Jordanian authorities did not clarify the nature of the accusations directed against those arrested.
On Wednesday, the Jordanian monarch addressed a speech to his people, in which he confirmed that his brother, Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, is with his family in his palace and under his care (the king), describing the recent events as “the most painful for him,” in a written statement published by the Jordanian royal court.
King Abdullah said in a statement: “The challenge of the past days was not the most difficult or the most dangerous to the stability of our homeland, but it was the most painful for me, because the sides of the strife were from inside and outside our one home, and nothing came close to what I felt in terms of shock, pain and anger, as a brother and a cole.” The Hashemite family matter, and as the leader of this dear people. “