Amman, 21 July: A military court today rejected a bail application by Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said.
“The state security court today refused to release Abu Qatada on bail,” Taysir Diab said. “The court gave no reason for its decision. I will meet with Abu Qatada on Wednesday to look into the issue and decide future steps,” Diab said, without elaborating.
Abu Qatada, 53, was charged on July 7 with “conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts”, just hours after his deportation from Britain. He pleaded not guilty.
The next day, Diab asked the military tribunal to release the Palestinian-born preacher on bail. afp