Jordan court jails two ex-officials for 15 years over plot

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A Jordanian state security court has sentenced two former officials to serve 15 years in prison over an alleged plot against the Western-allied monarchy involving the half-brother of King Abdullah II. Bassem Awadallah, who has US citizenship and once served as a top aide to King Abdullah II, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, were found guilty of sedition and incitement charges. They are alleged to haveconspired with Prince Hamzah, the king’s half-brother, and to have sought foreign assistance. Lieutenant Colonel Muwafaq al-Masaeed, a military judge, announced the verdic…

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