Awadallah, a former finance minister, is also an aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After his detention in a spectacular arrest in April, Saudi Arabia sent a delegation led by Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan to Amman. The Saudi and Jordanian governments, key regional allies, have denied the meeting was about Awadallah.
More than a dozen people have been arrested in the crackdown which Jordanian authorities say thwarted an attempt to “destabilize” the kingdom. Officials alleged that Prince Hamzah, a popular royal, led the plan and conspired with foreign entities.
Hamzah, who publicly issued a scathing criticism of the country’s leadership in April, denied being part of a foreign plot.
The judicial process, which took place behind closed doors, has been criticized for its lack of transparency. Officials said they had to close the proceedings to the public for national security reasons.