Jordanian court sentences two former officials to 15 years for coup plot

Jordanian court sentences two former officials to 15 years for coup plot

A Jordanian state security court on Monday sentenced former officials, Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, to 15 years in prison on charges of sedition and incitement.

Awadallah and Zaid were accused of conspiring with Prince Hamzah, King Abdullah II’s half-brother, to destabilize the monarchy of King Abdullah II.
Awadallah, a former aide to King Abdullah II, and Zaid, a member of the royal family, were arrested in April. The two had pleaded not guilty during their trial.
Forty-one year old Prince Hamzah is not facing trial, but his family said that it had resolved the dispute with him. The court had rejected a defense request to bring more than two dozen witnesses to testify, including the prince.

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