Former officials in Jordan arrested for ‘security reasons’

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April 3 (UPI) — Security officials arrested former officials in Jordan Saturday for “security reasons.”

Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a former royal envoy, Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, a former Royal Hashemite Court chief, were arrested, along with others, an unnamed security source told Petra state news agency.

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The arrest operation was made after close security follow-up, the source added.

Up to 20 officials, including close associates of Prince Hamzah, civilian and military figures have also been arrested, Gulf News reported.

Major General Usef Ahmed Al-Huneiti denied allegations reported about the arrest of Prince Hamzah, a former crown prince, in a separate statement to Petra Saturday.

Al-Huneiti added investigations are ongoing and “no one is above the law,” in the statement.