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Why didn’t the King resolve the case discreetly?

Maher Abu Tair
Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
The case of HRH Prince Hamzah has been one of the most controversial for public opinion in the country during the past two decades, and maybe the only of its kind in the history of Jordan, in terms of complexity and the involvement of internal and external parties.اضافة اعلان

Public opinion in Jordan has been split three ways following the referral of Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan to court; the first group rejects the entire narrative and deems it a fabrication to damage the Prince’s reputation — and it is most commonly a group that takes up the rejection of all official narratives as a hobby, the second group believes the story along with the evidence presented by state bodies, and the third group believes the story but also believes that it was poorly managed, and that it could have been resolved discreetly via political and security instruments, without publicizing it for the entire planet.

First, it must be said that the story is embarrassing for the King on a personal level, a human level, and in terms of his position as leader of the country, and he was not obligated to publicize the story, particularly as it harms the family, its unity, and its domestic relations, not to mention that many parties, internally and externally will be divided on it, and it floats various scenarios regarding the stability of Jordan. In this sense, resolving the issue in secret, away from public opinion, on the level of Prince Hamza and then the duo Awadallah and Sharif Hassan, among others, would have been preferable for the King. In fact, it is a costly but necessary option. This is point of view is meant for those who believe that the publicizing of the issue represents poor management and temperamental rashness.

Following the referral of Awadallah and Sharif Hassan to the court, opinions were split once again, and, in my interpretation, some links were missing and have not been revealed so far, while some security information remained confidential for various reasons. If official bodies were not confident of the validity of its narrative they would not have publicized it, and we would not have reached the stage of trial, and verdicts later on.

This is a clear-cut case; some parties took it upon themselves to convince Prince Hamzah that he can be an alternative to the King, deluding him that there is an international and regional project for his support, and then linking this delusion to the administration of the former US president and his son in law, which explains why the new US administration is the one that tipped in Jordan on the initial information. Observers can see that the new administration wanted to expose the Washington’s former administration for wanting to interfere in stable countries. While notifying Jordan and thwarting the scheme achieves an American interest that intersects with a Jordanian one, Jordan itself has its agendas for a public rather than a discreet resolution of the issue, which include sensitivities, interpretations and possibilities.

On the Jordanian side, as I mentioned earlier, the case was embarrassing for the King; he would not have wanted to find himself and his family facing such a case had he not seen for himself that there is an international project to sow chaos and invest in public anger, and what added fuel to fire is that those handling the management of the game by proxy are people that the state has invested in throughout their lives, at a time when Jordanians were opposing the policies of Bassem Awadallah, and warning against him and his relationships and moves. These warnings went unheeded, instead, Awadallah received additional protections, and it was proven later that the people’s warnings and judgments are never amiss.

The publicizing of the case has achieved various goals for Jordan, key among which is sending a message to the people that there are international conspiracies against Jordan, and that not every protest is innocent, and while some might be innocent, various powers would invest in them. The publicizing of the case also achieved the goal of affirming the state’s strength; even if Jordanian governments are weak, the system itself remains strong, and wins consensus internally, in light of a society that is facing many challenges but is not giving up on its country.

Publicizing the story also posed the question of what would have happened had the scheme succeeded, the people were divided, and chaos prevailed in the aftermath of the plan’s success, where would we be then, taking into account the complexity of the country and its components.

After the referral of evidence and documents, denying them is deemed a form of stubbornness, but it is still a guaranteed right for lawyers. It must be said that the story was embarrassing for the King, and no one would have wanted to see themselves or their families amidst such an unfortunate event, and he did not have to resolve it publicly, had its discreet resolution been feasible and beneficial.

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