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(AP) Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, held by Japanese
authorities for allegedly traveling with a revoked U.S. passport,
renounce his American citizenship, his lawyer said
Fischer called the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday from
Narita airport, outside the capital, to let American officials
lawyer Masako Suzuki told reporters at a news
Suzuki said she would submit a letter to the embassy on
behalf of Fischer,
and an embassy official would meet him to confirm his
"I no longer wish to be an American citizen. Enough is
enough," he said in a
handwritten statement issued through his
Fischer's renouncement of his U.S. citizenship could possibly
without a country to call his own, Suzuki said. Fischer would apply
refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In the meantime, Fischer's supporters and lawyer are
looking for other
countries that might accept him as a
Fischer has already applied for asylum in Japan, arguing that
nature of his "U.S. prosecution" makes him eligible for refugee
decision on that could take months because the government would
have to hold a hearing.
Fischer so far has not sought
citizenship or refugee status in any other
country, his lawyers and
supporters said. But his father is German and he
was considering seeking
In Berlin, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said on
of anonymity that the ministry and the embassy in Tokyo
were aware of the
case, but have had no contact with Fischer.
American chess legend is wanted by U.S. authorities for playing a 1992
for $3 million in the former Yugoslavia in violation of
Suzuki, however, denied Fischer wanted to
renounce his American citizenship
to run away from his alleged crime.
Renouncing his citizenship would not
give him immunity from prosecution under
U.S. law, she said.
Fischer was detained on July 13 while trying to board
a flight to the
He is fighting possible deportation to
the United States, saying his
passport was revoked without due process.
Suzuki said Fischer has filed a
lawsuit in Tokyo District court against two
Japanese immigration officials,
saying he had a valid legal status for entry
Fischer's request to the Justice Ministry to suspend the
should prevent him from being handed over immediately,
Suzuki said, because
Japan may not transfer custody of Fischer while his
court case is still
"We hope the Japanese government
treats him fairly," Suzuki said.
Fischer's supporters have acknowledged,
however, that his anti-Semitic
statements could hamper his case.
has decried "an international Jewish conspiracy" and a "Jew-controlled
which he says are behind plots to both rule the world and ruin his
has also denied the Holocaust.
By Mari Yamaguchi ©MMIV The Associated
Fischer renounces U.S. citizenship
August, 2004 12:08
By Masayuki Kitano
TOKYO (Reuters) - Former
world chess champion Bobby Fischer, wanted by
Washington for defying
sanctions on Yugoslavia, plans to renounce his U.S.
citizenship, according to
a lawyer working on his appeal against deportation
Fischer, one of the chess world's great eccentrics, was detained
Narita airport last month when he tried to leave for Manila on a
U.S. officials say was invalid.
officials rejected Fischer's initial appeal against
deportation and his
lawyer, Masako Suzuki, has filed a second plea to
Justice Minister Daizo
In a handwritten note made available to the media, Fischer, 61,
U.S. government and "U.S.-controlled Japanese government, working
collusion and in a criminal conspiracy, have illegally confiscated
illegally physically destroyed my perfectly valid in every way
The letter, copies of which were made available to the
media, added: "As a
result of the above-stated criminal act, as well as
vicious crimes against me by the U.S. government, I no
longer wish to be an
Fischer's lawyer Suzuki told a
news conference he would likely become a
stateless person for some time and
that his supporters would try to have the
office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) register
him as a refugee.
said Fischer phoned the U.S. embassy in Japan on Thursday and
intention to renounce his citizenship.
But renunciation of his
citizenship cannot take effect until he has met a
U.S. consular official and
conveyed his intent in person, she said.
A U.S. embassy spokesman
declined to comment on the matter of Fischer's
citizenship, but said that in
general "renunciation of citizenship is a
process, it takes some time, it's
not done instantly".
Besides filing with the UNHCR, Fischer would also
look for countries willing
to let him stay, Suzuki said.
"We want to
look far and wide for countries that are willing to accept him,"
NO RETURN TO U.S. She declined to say if Fischer had expressed
preferences but John Bosnitch, a Tokyo-based Canadian journalist
communications consultant who is advising Fischer, said Fischer
continuing to look at the option of seeking German citizenship, since
father was German.
Documents to prove his German citizenship were
still being collected,
Bosnitch told the same news conference.
said she had asked the Tokyo District Court on Friday to halt
procedures against Fischer.
One thing that is clear is that Fischer has
no desire to return to the
"He doesn't have any
expectation of a fair trial in the United States,"
Bosnitch said, adding that
Fischer himself had said he would be a victim of
"a kangaroo court and a show
trial" if he returned to the United States.
Bosnitch said Fischer had
written a second letter renouncing his citizenship
that his supporters would
hand to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo as early as
world chess champion in 1972 when he beat Boris Spassky of
the Soviet Union
in a victory seen as a Cold War propaganda coup for the
The title was taken from him three years later after his
conditions for a
match against Anatoly Karpov, also of the Soviet Union, were
Karpov became champion by
Fischer, who arrived in Japan in April, has been wanted in the
since 1992 when he violated U.S. economic sanctions by going to
for a chess match in which he won $3 million for beating old rival
The elusive chessmaster then vanished, only to resurface after
11, 2001, attacks in the United States to give an interview to
radio station in which he praised the strikes and said he wanted
America "wiped out".
Fischer has filed for refugee status in
Japan, which accepts only political
refugees. His supporters in Japan say he
is being persecuted by the United
Fischer's supporters say he
renewed his passport in 1997 and never received
a letter issued in December
2003 revoking it.
U.S. State Department officials in Washington have said
it took years for
the legal process to catch up with Fischer.
whose mother was Jewish, has also stirred controversy with
Bobby Fischer Renounces U.S. Citizenship, Seeks
Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Onetime world chess champion Bobby
submitted to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo a letter of intent to
U.S. citizenship, said John Bosnitch, the head of the Free Bobby
Bosnitch said he handed the three-page, handwritten
letter to an embassy
guard and asked it be delivered ``urgently'' to a
consular officer, he said
in a telephone interview.
``I believe this
renunciation has full validity under the law,'' Bosnitch
quoted Fischer as
writing in the letter.
``Bobby Fischer is sick and tired of how he has
been treated by the U.S. for
the past 12 years,'' Bosnitch said. ``The letter
is a statement of
renunciation of U.S. citizen ship by Bobby Fischer, and he
Fischer's attorney Masako Suzuki
today filed suit against Tokyo immigration
officials seeking to overturn
cancellation of his permission to land in
Japan and a deportation order,
The support committee is seeking to have Fischer
recognized as a ``stateless
person'' and an international refugee by the
United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees and obtain UN travel documents
for him, Bosnitch
Fischer, the only American ever to hold the
world chess title, was indicted
by a grand jury in Washington in 1992 on
charges of violating a ban on
travel to Yugoslavia, where he played a match
against Boris Spassky, the
Washington Post reported last month.
took Fischer into custody in mid-July on suspicion of traveling with
invalid passport during his 90-day visit, Japan's Kyodo News service
earlier this week. He was on his way to the Philippines.
appealing a deportation order to the U.S. and seeking to be freed
from detention in Japan, the Associated Press reported earlier
He may find shelter in Montenegro if Japan rejects his request for
Kyodo News Service said this week, citing Filip Vujanovic, president
former Yugoslav republic that has a loose union with
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