According to state television, the prosecutor general in Jordan’s capital, Amman, has banned the release of any details regarding an alleged plot involving the king’s half-brother, Prince Hamzah.
The order came two days after Prince Hamzah, a vocal critic of the government, pledged his allegiance to King Abdullah II late Monday, two days after claiming he had been put under house arrest.
“In order to keep the security services’ investigation into Prince Hamzah and the others secret, [it is decided] to ban the publication of anything related to this inquiry at this stage,” prosecutor Hassan al-Abdallat said in a statement read on state television.
“The ban on publication involves all audiovisual media and social networks, as well as the publication of all images or video clips relating to this subject on pain of legal action.”
The government has charged Hamzah, an ex-crown prince, with a “malicious plot” and participation in a seditious conspiracy to “destabilize the kingdom’s stability,” along with at least 16 others.
Prince Hamzah had taken a defiant stand earlier in the day, insisting that he would not follow orders limiting his movement.