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Old March 3rd 05, 07:52 PM
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The latest news is that while the Icelandic embassy in Tokyo holdsF
Fischer's Icelandic passport, the Japanese authorities have cut off all
of his contacts with the outside world, including with lawyers, the
media, and visitors. Two days ago they also prevented him meeting with
Icelandic officials. Let us hope that a handover to US captors is not
imminent.

Press release from the Committee to Free Bobby Fischer:

***BEGIN***

URGENT: Free Bobby Fischer!
CRISIS NEWS CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, March 4, 1:30 PM
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan


Iceland Delivers Fischer Passport, But Visitors Refused Access
Bobby Fischer Being Held Incommunicado

The Committee to Free Bobby Fischer will be holding a news conference on
Friday, March 4, 2005 starting from 1:30 PM at the Foreign
Correspondents' Club of Japan to report on the latest developments in
the case:

Iceland has delivered a passport for Bobby Fischer to its embassy in
Tokyo and is now consulting on the appropriate way to get it into his
hands.

Two delegations have arrived in Tokyo from Iceland to secure Bobby's
release. The first is led by Mr. Saemi Palsson, Bobby's personal friend
and the chief of his security when he played the 1972 chess world
championship in Iceland. Palsson is accompanied by media representatives
from the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation's Channel 2 Television
station. The second delegation is a group of eminent citizens including
Einar S. Einarsson, Icelandic chess federation chief, Gardar Sverrisson,
leading campaigner for Bobby Fischer and activist in Icelandic public
affairs, and Gudmundur G. Thorarinsson, former member of parliament and
organizer of the 1972 world chess championship.

These leading Icelandic figures will be joining Japan Chess Association
chief Miyoko Watai, Fischer's lead lawyer Masako Suzuki, and Committee
to Free Bobby Fischer chairman John Bosnitch at the news conference.

Bobby Fischer filed an application for voluntary departure to Iceland
last Friday and the Committee will be announcing the action it is taking
to demand an immediate Japanese government response.

The Icelandic delegation hopes to take Bobby back to Iceland with them
by his 62nd birthday, on March 9th. However, detention center officials
refused them the right to even meet with Bobby Fischer at the East Japan
Immigration Detention Center in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture when they
arrived there on Wednesday, March 2.

The Committee to Free Bobby Fischer is deeply concerned that this
unprecedented denial of visits to Bobby Fischer might reflect an effort
by the authorities to put even further psychological pressure on him in
these critical moments of the battle for his freedom. As of Wednesday,
Bobby Fischer's rights to make phone calls out to his lawyers,
supporters, and the media were also cut off. The Committee can no
longer in any way confirm the physical safety or health of Mr. Robert
James Fischer.

Friday's news conference will address these very worrisome new
developments and the steps that Bobby Fischer's supporters are taking to
try to confirm his status.

Media contact...

John Bosnitch
Committee to Free Bobby Fischer
[...]
http://www.freebobbyfischer.net
[...]

***END***
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Old March 3rd 05, 09:38 PM
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On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 19:52:21 +0000, banana
wrote:

The Icelandic delegation hopes to take Bobby back to Iceland with them
by his 62nd birthday, on March 9th. However, detention center officials
refused them the right to even meet with Bobby Fischer at the East Japan
Immigration Detention Center in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture when they
arrived there on Wednesday, March 2.


The Committee to Free Bobby Fischer is deeply concerned that this
unprecedented denial of visits to Bobby Fischer might reflect an effort
by the authorities to put even further psychological pressure on him in
these critical moments of the battle for his freedom. As of Wednesday,
Bobby Fischer's rights to make phone calls out to his lawyers,
supporters, and the media were also cut off. The Committee can no
longer in any way confirm the physical safety or health of Mr. Robert
James Fischer.


It's possible he's been injured and the Japanese officials are
stalling until he's more presentable.
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Old March 4th 05, 06:16 AM
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"Mike Murray" wrote:

It's possible he's been injured and the Japanese officials are
stalling until he's more presentable.


That theory would fit the facts.
Other theories are possible too, though. Maybe the Japanese are trying to
delay things in order to find new grounds and ways to hold Fischer and send
him to the US, before he escapes to Iceland.
Or maybe its sheer harassment.
HansJ


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Old March 4th 05, 06:25 AM
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In the year of our Lord Fri, 4 Mar 2005 07:16:15 +0100, "Hans Jørgen
Lassen" wrote:

"Mike Murray" wrote:

It's possible he's been injured and the Japanese officials are
stalling until he's more presentable.


That theory would fit the facts.
Other theories are possible too, though. Maybe the Japanese are trying to
delay things in order to find new grounds and ways to hold Fischer and send
him to the US, before he escapes to Iceland.
Or maybe its sheer harassment.
HansJ


Lord knows that I don't know much about the Japanese justice system,
but I'd guess that your delaying theory is probably closest to the
truth. Certainly that would be a reasonable theory in the US.




The fox condemns the trap, not himself. -- William Blake
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Old March 4th 05, 01:50 PM
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URGENT: Free Bobby Fischer!
CRISIS NEWS CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, March 4, 1:30 PM
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan


I assume this is 1:30 PM Japan time which is 12:30 AM EST Friday March
4th?



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Old March 4th 05, 03:11 PM
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Icelanders demand Bobby Fischer's release
Mainichi Daily News
Saturday, March 5, 2005

Two Icelanders who were central figures at the scene of Bobby Fischer's
greatest ever chess triumph urged authorities in Tokyo on Friday to
release the grandmaster incarcerated in the East Japan Immigration
Bureau Detention Center and allow him to leave for Iceland.

Gudmunder G. Thorarinsson, the organizer of the 1972 World Chess
Championship match in Reykjavik, said, "We may be discussing here a
human tragedy in the making. We are discussing the situation of perhaps
the greatest chess genius who has ever walked on this earth."

Thorarinsson spoke in glowing terms to reporters at the Foreign
Correspondents' Club of Japan about Fischer's 1972 victory over Boris
Spassky where he was "hailed in the United States."

"In Iceland we called this match (Between Fischer and Spassky) in the
beginning 'The Match of the Century.' I, myself thought this might be a
little over-ambitious. Later, it became clear to me that it was an
understatement," he said.

More on this link:
http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20050...dm008001c.html

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