|Asunto:||[ajedrezlapalma] Fischer's Gambit: 'I'm a German'|
|Fecha:||Sabado, 31 de Julio, 2004 02:40:28 (+0100)|
|Autor:||Lucas Mendoza <lumenco @...............com>
|From the Los Angeles Times
Fischer's Gambit: 'I'm
Chess legend invokes lineage in an
attempt to stymie any U.S. extradition.
Times Staff Writer
29, 2004, 2:13 PM PDT
TOKYO -- With
ferocious defiance from a jail cell in Japan, chess legend Bobby Fischer has
told authorities he is a German citizen with the documents to prove it, invoking
his lineage to a German-born father in an attempt to stymie any U.S. extradition
proceedings against him.
Fischer is in custody at
Tokyo's Narita International Airport, where Japanese immigration officials
seized him — in a rough struggle, they acknowledge — on July 13 as he tried to
leave Japan for the Philippines.
The Japanese government ruled Tuesday that it
would deport Fischer for entering the country in April without a legal
Washington canceled Fischer's U.S. passport
in December 2003 on the grounds that the onetime world chess champion is a
fugitive, wanted for defying a presidential order by the first President Bush to
not play a in $5-million chess exhibition in the disintegrating Yugoslav
federation in 1992.
Fischer is expected to appeal a deportation
order from the Japanese government before a midnight Friday
But speaking today through a loosely
organized committee of 20 chess-playing supporters in Tokyo, he went on the
offensive, claiming he is a German citizen. He said his father, Hans Gerhardt
Fischer, was born in 1908 in Berlin.
Under German law, anyone
born before 1975 to a German father who was married at the time, is entitled to
citizenship. And Germany's extradition treaties do not allow its citizens to be
deported to face charges in other countries, German officials in Tokyo
In the 1960s and '70s, Fischer transformed
chess from nerdy to sexy and became a Cold War-era hero by vanquishing Boris
Spassky, the Soviet Union's best, in the legendary 1972 world championship
Fischer has been nearly a recluse ever since.
Now 61, he has emerged in public only fitfully in recent years, usually to
berate the U.S. government for what he regards as its evil foreign policies and
to cast himself as the victim of persecution by "world Jewry."
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