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2005/3/23-24 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan] UID:36829 Activity:kinda low
3/23    I don't get this. How can you go to jail by playing chess? CHESS???
        Fine there's a stupid international saction but it's just a game.
        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4374811.stm
        \_ didnt he burn his correspondence from the state dept. on tv
        \_ "The American exile angered many of his fellow countrymen when he
           went on Philippine radio on 11 September 2001, applauding the
           attacks on the US on that day and launching into an anti-Semitic
           diatribe."
           \_ he was exiled many years BEFORE 9/11
        \_ At the time, it was a fairly big deal.  Now-a-days I would
           expect them to be happy with just getting rid of the wack-job,
           but I guess he probably injured some big-wigs pride. -jrleek
        \_ He violated sanctions on Yugoslavia by going there and accepting a
           prize for the competition.  Chess wasn't illegal, so desist with the
           red herring.  -emarkp
           \_ woooo... that's sooo scary. He went there to play a tourney...
              wow. He's as evil as Martha Stewart.
              \_ The investor who put up the purse intentionally chose
                 Yugoslavia as the venue to thumb his nose at the sancations.
                 Yugoslavia as the venue to thumb his nose at the sanctions.
                 You don't agree with sanctions?  Fine. -emarkp
                 \_ I think it's not a question of whether we agree or not
                    with the sanctions. People should be free to go wherever
                    they please, maybe they even don't agree with the sanctions.
                    Why should the government stop them?
                    \_ Umm... look up sanction in the dictionary.
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Printable version Japan 'set to free' Bobby Fischer A photo from 1992 of former world chess champion Bobby Fischer Bobby Fisc her has been on the run for more than 10 years Japan has decided to allow former world chess champion Bobby Fischer to t ravel to Iceland, despite US requests for his extradition, Japanese medi a say. Japan's justice ministry made the decision after being shown documents pr oving Mr Fischer had been granted Icelandic citizenship, reports said. The American has already been detained for eight months near Tokyo. He is wanted in the US for breaking international sanctions by playing a match in Yugoslavia in 1992. Mr Fischer, 62, was granted Icelandic citizenship after a vote in the cou ntry's parliament on Monday. The former champion has many supporters in Iceland, after playing a world championship match there in 1972 at the height of the Cold War, beating the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky. "Mr Fischer is a true Icelander now," Iceland's ambassador to Japan, Thor dur Oskarsson, told Reuters news agency. Iceland fond of Fischer Japan's Justice Minister Chieko Noono said on Tuesday that it would be "l egally possible" to send Mr Fischer to Iceland if he was confirmed as an Icelandic citizen. John Bosnitch, an associate of Mr Fischer in Japan, said he hoped he migh t be able to leave the country as soon as Thursday. The chess player's lawyer, Masako Suzuki, said: "We strongly demand that Mr Fischer's prompt release and departure from the country at his own ex pense be approved, and that he be allowed to leave Japan." "Mr Fischer is a fugitive fr om justice," said a US state department spokesman. Scuffle with guards The reclusive Mr Fischer had lived undetected in Japan for a number of ye ars with his fiancee, Miyoko Watai, a former Japanese chess champion. He was arrested when he tried to leave Japan for the Philippines last Jul y His supporters say he has been under heavy stress in jail. He was held fo r four days in solitary confinement earlier this month after scuffling w ith guards in an argument over a boiled egg. Mr Fischer's supporters say the US deportation order is politically motiv ated. The American exile angered many of his fellow countrymen when he went on Philippine radio on 11 September 2001, applauding the attacks on the US on that day and launching into an anti-Semitic diatribe.