Abu Qatada.
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. Photo by Reuters
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Jordan on Sunday denied bail to hardline Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, indefinitely extending his detention.

The military State Security Court made the decision for Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain to Jordan earlier this month.

According to defense lawyer Tayseer Thiab, the outspoken cleric will remain at a desert prison on the outskirts of the capital Amman, where he was detained for an initial 14-day period upon his arrival in Jordan on July 7.

Abu Qatada is set to challenge the bail denial, Thiab added.

The Jordanian Jihadist Salafist Movement, meanwhile, said that Abu Qatada's family had raised 50,000 Jordanian dinars (75,000 dollars) in their bid to secure his release.

The 53-year-old cleric, once described as Osama Bin Laden's right- hand man in Europe, was arrested upon his long-anticipated arrival in Jordan after losing a decade-long battle against deportation from his adoptive home in Britain.

Abu Qatada faces life in prison with hard labor, a sentence handed down by the Jordanian State Security Court in absentia in 1999 for his alleged connection in a failed terror plot targeting sites frequented by Westerners in Jordan.

His deportation to Jordan was initially blocked by the European Union Human Rights Court in 2012 over concerns that the cleric would be ill-treated in Jordan.

His lawyer said he had not been mistreated during his detention in Jordan.