AMMAN, Jordan — The Jordanian authorities has arrested plenty of high-profile figures within the kingdom, together with a member of the royal household and a former chief of the royal courtroom, for “security reasons,” the Petra state information company stated on Saturday.
Among these arrested had been Bassem Awadallah, a longtime confidante of King Abdullah II who later grew to become minister of finance, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal household. They had been detained together with plenty of different individuals, the report stated.
Mr. Awadallah had helped spearhead financial reforms earlier than leaving as head of the royal courtroom in 2008.
Arrests of prime officers and royal members of the family are uncommon in Jordan, a usually steady Arab kingdom that has been a stalwart ally of the West, significantly relating to counterterrorism cooperation within the Middle East. It borders Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Iraq.