Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Thursday that he was restricting the movement of his half-brother Prince Hamza and curtailing his contacts with the outside world to ensure he was not in the interests of his country.

Hamza, a former heir to the Jordanian throne who was placed under house arrest last year, was accused in April 2021 of trying to destabilize the monarchy in a conspiracy inspired by foreigners but was acquitted after swearing allegiance to the king.

A statement from the royal court said the monarch had approved a recommendation from the council of the royal family, which indicated restrictions on the movement, residence and communication of the prince.

The kingdom’s chief adviser Basem Awadal and a minor member of the royal family were sentenced to 15 years in prison for participating in an alleged conspiracy.

The 42-year-old Hamza was named Crown Prince when King Hussein died in 1999 and Abdullah became king, but lost the title five years later when Abdullah appointed his son heir, as required by the constitution.

Hostility has shaken Jordan’s image as a haven of stability in the unpredictable Middle East.

In a letter to the Jordanians, the monarch said he had shown “extreme restraint, tolerance and patience” with his younger half-brother, who for many years never refused to “cheat” to take the throne.

Hamza will now be deprived of the opportunity to allow him to become a threat to his country again, exhausting all chances of repentance, the monarch said in a letter.

“We will provide Hamza with everything he needs for a comfortable life, but he will not have the place he once abused to offend the nation, its institutions and his family, and undermine the stability of Jordan,” the monarch said.

Palace insiders said that after the crisis came to the fore, Hamza was left to live in luxury with his family in the palace in the royal complex and with all the privileges and benefits of the prince, allowing him internet and phone calls.

The palace was outraged when last month the estranged prince announced he was relinquishing his royal title in protest of Jordan’s current policies. The palace says that under family law, titles can only be revoked by monarchs.

Hamza’s movement was weakened after he apologized in March, vowing not to act against the interests of Jordanian leaders.

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