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Defense attorneys want Jordanian prince to testify in coup trial

Jordan's Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein, in 2015. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP)
Jordan's Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein, in 2015. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP)

Defense attorneys in the trial surrounding an alleged plot to destabilize Jordan’s monarchy ask to call Prince Hamzah and other royals to testify in a state security court.

Two former Jordanian officials are accused of conspiring with Hamzah, a half-brother of King Abdullah II, and soliciting foreign help in the alleged plot. They have been charged with sedition and incitement.

Lawyers representing Bassem Awadallah, a former head of the royal court, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, have submitted a list of witnesses that includes Hamzah as well as two other half-brothers to the king, Prince Ali and Prince Hashem.

They also want to call Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh and Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi to the stand.

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