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Asunto:[ajedrezlapalma] The Latest From Bobby Fischer
Fecha:Viernes, 6 de Agosto, 2004  23:22:55 (+0100)
Autor:Lucas Mendoza <lumenco>

The Latest From Bobby Fischer

TOKYO, August 6, 2004

(AP) Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, held by Japanese immigration
authorities for allegedly traveling with a revoked U.S. passport, wants to
renounce his American citizenship, his lawyer said Friday.

Fischer called the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday from detention at
Narita airport, outside the capital, to let American officials know, his
lawyer Masako Suzuki told reporters at a news conference.

Suzuki said she would submit a letter to the embassy on behalf of Fischer,
and an embassy official would meet him to confirm his intentions.

"I no longer wish to be an American citizen. Enough is enough," he said in a
handwritten statement issued through his lawyer.

Fischer's renouncement of his U.S. citizenship could possibly leave him
without a country to call his own, Suzuki said. Fischer would apply for
refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees soon,
she added.

In the meantime, Fischer's supporters and lawyer are looking for other
countries that might accept him as a refugee.

Fischer has already applied for asylum in Japan, arguing that the political
nature of his "U.S. prosecution" makes him eligible for refugee status. A
decision on that could take months because the government would probably
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 citizenship there.

In Berlin, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said on customary condition
of anonymity that the ministry and the embassy in Tokyo were aware of the
case, but have had no contact with Fischer.

The American chess legend is wanted by U.S. authorities for playing a 1992
match for $3 million in the former Yugoslavia in violation of international

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passport was revoked without due process.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 to Japan.

Fischer's request to the Justice Ministry to suspend the deportation process
should prevent him from being handed over immediately, Suzuki said, because
Japan may not transfer custody of Fischer while his court case is still
being considered.

"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.

He has decried "an international Jewish conspiracy" and a "Jew-controlled
U.S." which he says are behind plots to both rule the world and ruin his
life. He has also denied the Holocaust.

By Mari Yamaguchi ©MMIV The Associated Press.
Fischer renounces U.S. citizenship
Fri 6 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
from Japan.

Fischer, one of the chess world's great eccentrics, was detained at Tokyo's
Narita airport last month when he tried to leave for Manila on a passport
U.S. officials say was invalid.

Japanese immigration officials rejected Fischer's initial appeal against
deportation and his lawyer, Masako Suzuki, has filed a second plea to
Justice Minister Daizo Nozawa.

In a handwritten note made available to the media, Fischer, 61, said the
U.S. government and "U.S.-controlled Japanese government, working in
collusion and in a criminal conspiracy, have illegally confiscated and
illegally physically destroyed my perfectly valid in every way U.S.

The letter, copies of which were made available to the media, added: "As a
result of the above-stated criminal act, as well as innumerable other
vicious crimes against me by the U.S. government, I no longer wish to be an
American citizen."

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.

Suzuki said Fischer phoned the U.S. embassy in Japan on Thursday and
conveyed his 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,"
Suzuki said.

NO RETURN TO U.S. She declined to say if Fischer had expressed any
preferences but John Bosnitch, a Tokyo-based Canadian journalist and
communications consultant who is advising Fischer, said Fischer was
continuing to look at the option of seeking German citizenship, since his
father was German.

Documents to prove his German citizenship were still being collected,
Bosnitch told the same news conference.

Suzuki said she had asked the Tokyo District Court on Friday to halt
deportation procedures against Fischer.

One thing that is clear is that Fischer has no desire to return to the
United States.

"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

Fischer became 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
United States.

The title was taken from him three years later after his conditions for a
match against Anatoly Karpov, also of the Soviet Union, were rejected by
chess officials.

Karpov became champion by default.

Fischer, who arrived in Japan in April, has been wanted in the United States
since 1992 when he violated U.S. economic sanctions by going to Yugoslavia
for a chess match in which he won $3 million for beating old rival Spassky.

The elusive chessmaster then vanished, only to resurface after the September
11, 2001, attacks in the United States to give an interview to a Philippine
radio station in which he praised the strikes and said he wanted to see
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.

Fischer, whose mother was Jewish, has also stirred controversy with
anti-Semitic remarks.
Bobby Fischer Renounces U.S. Citizenship, Seeks Refugee Status
Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Onetime world chess champion Bobby Fischer has
submitted to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo a letter of intent to renounce his
U.S. citizenship, said John Bosnitch, the head of the Free Bobby Fischer

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 issues that
statement unilaterally.''

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, Bosnitch said.

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.

Japan took Fischer into custody in mid-July on suspicion of traveling with
an invalid passport during his 90-day visit, Japan's Kyodo News service
reported earlier this week. He was on his way to the Philippines.

Fischer is appealing a deportation order to the U.S. and seeking to be freed
temporarily from detention in Japan, the Associated Press reported earlier
this month.

He may find shelter in Montenegro if Japan rejects his request for asylum,
Kyodo News Service said this week, citing Filip Vujanovic, president of the
former Yugoslav republic that has a loose union with Serbia.

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