Leader of Greek far-right Golden Dawn party jailed pending trial

Reuters

ATHENS, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The leader of Greece's far-rightGolden Dawn party was jailed pending trial on charges ofbelonging to a criminal group, a court official told Reutersearly on Thursday.

Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos appeared before investigating magistrates and a prosecutor to respond to chargesof founding and participating in a criminal organisation.

Mihaloliakos has denied the charges against him.

The decision to jail the party chief was a boost for PrimeMinister Antonis Samaras' efforts to clamp down on Golden Dawnafter a party sympathiser fatally stabbed an anti-fascism rapperlast month.

Mihaloliakos was arrested on Saturday alongside other partymembers as part of the government's efforts of rein in a partyit says is a neo-Nazi criminal gang.

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