Today, Tuesday, the Jordanian State Security Court ended hearing the last prosecution witnesses in the case known as “Sedition”, after the first sessions of the trial of former Royal Court chief Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid began yesterday, which included accusations of opposing the ruling and endangering the security and safety of society.
The closed trial was held in the Military State Security Court without the presence of the media.
After the end of the second session, Muhammad Al-Afif, Awadallah’s defense lawyer, said that the two defendants stress the request of Prince Hamzah to testify in the case and that he may be requested soon, pointing out that the case may end before the judicial recess within a month.
And the Jordanian authorities announced last April that they were able to abort an attempt to destabilize the country, and arrested 16 people close to Prince Hamzah, who were later released by a royal decision, while the royal court said that dealing with Prince Hamzah took place within the Hashemite family.
On Sunday, June 13, the Public Prosecution approved the court’s indictment of the prosecutor’s indictment against the two defendants in the case, assigning them two main charges.
On April 22, the court released 16 of the 18 defendants in the case, after a directive from King Abdullah II, in response to an appeal by personalities to release them.