Former royal court chief Bassem Awadallah and minor royal Sharif Hassan bin Zaid were sentenced on Monday to 15 years hard labor over their alleged involvement in a conspiracy last April to replace King Abdullah II with his half-brother Prince Hamzah. The prince himself was not on trial. After the coup attempt was thwarted, Hamzah pledged loyalty to the king. Awadallah, a former finance minister, denied ties to Saudi Arabia. Alleged messages between Awadallah and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were submitted to the court as proof of a plot hatched by a foreign power..