Greek far-right Golden Dawn spokesman jailed pending trial

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Posted: Jul 10, 2014 8:33 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek far-right Golden Dawn lawmaker and party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris was jailed on Thursday pending trial on gun possession charges as part of a criminal investigation into the party.

Kasidiaris has been the public face of Golden Dawn since the party's leader Nikos Mihaloliakos was jailed pending trial last October on charges of belonging to a criminal group.

The crackdown on the party followed the stabbing of a popular anti-racism rapper by a self-proclaimed Golden Dawn supporter last September. Kasidiaris is the ninth of the party's 17 lawmakers to be detained while awaiting trial.

(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou and Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)