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Old March 16th 05, 11:47 PM
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Default 'Iceland May Grant Citizenship to Fischer' ('Guardian')

[Note that last month, the Icelandic parliament voted against giving
Fischer citizenship, and in favour of giving him a passport and
residence permit.

According to this report, they are now likely to vote in favour of
giving him citizenship - i.e. presumably because the Japanese government
is refusing to let him leave Japan for Iceland unless he gets Icelandic
citizenship.

Let us hope that the Icelandic parliament votes in favour of the motion,
and that this victim of US persecution is freed from captivity as soon
as possible. Let us also hope that the Icelandic parliament votes at
some point to refuse any application by the US government to extradite
him to the US]

From the 'Guardian':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4870627,00.html:


***BEGIN ARTICLE***

Iceland May Grant Citizenship to Fischer

Wednesday March 16, 2005 9:16 PM

AP Photo TOK101

By VALUR GUNNARSSON

Associated Press Writer

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Lawmakers in Iceland are likely to grant
citizenship to mercurial chess genius Bobby Fischer, who currently sits
in a Japanese cell, a member of a parliamentary committee studying the
issue said Wednesday.

Gudrun Ogmundsdottir told The Associated Press that a citizenship motion
probably would be approved by the nine-member committee Thursday. If it
passes, it will go before Iceland's 63-member parliament, the Althingi.

``I think that parliament may approve of the citizenship as early as
tomorrow,'' said Ogmundsdottir, a member of the opposition Alliance
Party.

``Somebody would then go over to Japan with the passport, which would
enable him to travel here or anywhere in the world.''

Fischer, 62, is in a Japanese detention cell awaiting deportation to the
United States, where he is wanted for violating economic sanctions
against the former Yugoslavia by playing a highly publicized chess match
there in 1992.

Mizuho Fukushima, leader of Japan's opposition Social Democratic Party,
said senior immigration officials told her that Fischer would be allowed
to go to Iceland if he is given citizenship there.

There is widespread support for Fischer in Iceland, where he played the
Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in a celebrated world championship match in
1972 that put the small country on the map.

Last month, Iceland's parliament voted against granting Fischer
citizenship, instead offering him a special foreigners' passport and
residence permit. But Japanese officials so far have declined to release
Fischer.

Several Icelandic politicians indicated Wednesday that parliament was
now likely to grant Fischer citizenship.

``I can't speak for the whole party, but think few if any members of
Parliament are opposed to granting Fischer citizenship,'' said Drifa
Hjartardottir, a lawmaker with the Independence Party, which governs as
part of Iceland's coalition government.

``We will not stand in the way of Fischer getting citizenship and want
this issue to be resolved as quickly as possible,'' said Ogmundur
Jonasson, a lawmaker with the Left-Green opposition party. ``The worst
thing we can do, both for Iceland and for Fischer, is to wait any
longer.''

Since being taken into custody in July for allegedly trying to leave
Japan on a revoked U.S. passport, Fischer has lived up to his reputation
for unpredictability.

He has repeatedly denounced the U.S. deportation order as politically
motivated, demanded refugee status, unilaterally renounced his U.S.
citizenship and said he wants to become a German national instead. He
has also applied to marry a Japanese woman who heads this country's
chess association and is his longtime companion.

Einar S. Einarsson, the former CEO of Visa Iceland who is one of
Fischer's most fervent supporters, said he was optimistic.

``It's been like a chess game and there's only one move left before
checkmate,'' he said.

Fischer, who has not visited Iceland since his 1972 match, virtually
disappeared from the limelight for years before the 1992 rematch. In
recent years, he has emerged from silence in radio broadcasts and on his
Web page to express anti-Semitic views and rail against the United
States.

***END ARTICLE***

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Old March 17th 05, 12:11 AM
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"banana" wrote in message
...
[Note that last month, the Icelandic parliament voted against giving

Fischer citizenship, and in favour of giving him a passport and
residence permit.

According to this report, they are now likely to vote in favour of
giving him citizenship - i.e. presumably because the Japanese government
is refusing to let him leave Japan for Iceland unless he gets Icelandic
citizenship.

Let us hope that the Icelandic parliament votes in favour of the motion,
and that this victim of US persecution is freed from captivity as soon
as possible. Let us also hope that the Icelandic parliament votes at
some point to refuse any application by the US government to extradite
him to the US]

Now that's good news, especially that they can even approve the
citizenship by tomorrow!

I must say that that is too optimistic, but it can happen.





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