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Greece's Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party head held in top-security jail pending criminal trial

  • Lawmaker of extremist right-wing Golden Dawn Christos Pappas, center, who the prosecution has described as the party's second in command, is escorted by anti-terror police to appear in court for his preliminary hearing in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Nikos Michaloliakos, the head of Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party was jailed early Thursday, pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization in an investigation into his political party triggered by the killing of a left-wing rapper. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Lawmaker of extremist right-wing Golden Dawn Christos Pappas, center, who the prosecution has described as the party's second in command, is escorted by anti-terror police to appear in court for his preliminary hearing in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Nikos Michaloliakos, the head of Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party was jailed early Thursday, pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization in an investigation into his political party triggered by the killing of a left-wing rapper. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leader of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikos Michaloliakos, center, escorted by anti-terror police arrives to a court for a preliminary hearing into charges of participating in a criminal organization in Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Three lawmakers from Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party were released from custody Wednesday pending trial, after they provided initial testimony in criminal investigation triggered by the slaying of a left-wing rapper. A fourth lawmaker, Ioannis Lagos, was jailed pending trial. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

    Leader of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikos Michaloliakos, center, escorted by anti-terror police arrives to a court for a preliminary hearing into charges of participating in a criminal organization in Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Three lawmakers from Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party were released from custody Wednesday pending trial, after they provided initial testimony in criminal investigation triggered by the slaying of a left-wing rapper. A fourth lawmaker, Ioannis Lagos, was jailed pending trial. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leader of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikos Michaloliakos, center, smiles to his supporters as he escorted by anti-terror police upon his arrival to a court for a preliminary hearing into charges of participating in a criminal organization in Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Three lawmakers from Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party were released from custody Wednesday pending trial, after they provided initial testimony in criminal investigation triggered by the slaying of a left-wing rapper. A fourth lawmaker, Ioannis Lagos, was jailed pending trial (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Leader of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikos Michaloliakos, center, smiles to his supporters as he escorted by anti-terror police upon his arrival to a court for a preliminary hearing into charges of participating in a criminal organization in Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Three lawmakers from Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party were released from custody Wednesday pending trial, after they provided initial testimony in criminal investigation triggered by the slaying of a left-wing rapper. A fourth lawmaker, Ioannis Lagos, was jailed pending trial (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

The head of Greece's Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party and one of his lawmakers have been locked up in a maximum-security Athens prison, after judges ordered their detention pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization.

Nikos Michaloliakos, 56, and Yiannis Lagos will be held in a secluded section of the Korydallos Prison's women's section, without contact with any other prisoners.

Ironically, their cells are close to, but isolated from, those where convicted members of the far-left November 17 terrorist group are held.

Michaloliakos was ordered to remain in custody earlier Thursday.

Another four Golden Dawn lawmakers have been arrested in an investigation sparked by the Sept. 17 fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist musician. All deny wrongdoing.

The extremist party is the third most popular in depression-ravaged Greece.