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Reuters
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:44 PM ET

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland's parliament granted former world chess
champion Bobby Fischer citizenship Monday, enabling the fugitive
American to settle in the tiny North Atlantic republic where he won the
world title in 1972.

Fischer, 62, is currently in detention in Japan fighting a U.S.
deportation order.

Iceland's single-chamber assembly approved citizenship for Fischer by
40 votes in favor and none against, said parliamentarian Bjarni
Benediktsson. He told Reuters the decision would enter into force
within the next few days.

Fischer is wanted in the United States for violating sanctions against
former Yugoslavia by playing a chess match there in 1992. He was
arrested in Japan last July for traveling on an invalid U.S. passport.

Chess fans in Iceland, where Fischer won the world title in 1972 in a
classic Cold War encounter with Soviet champion Boris Spassky, offered
him a home late last year and lobbied officials to issue him a special
passport to travel there.

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Reuters
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:44 PM ET

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland's parliament granted former world chess
champion Bobby Fischer citizenship Monday, enabling the fugitive
American to settle in the tiny North Atlantic republic where he won the
world title in 1972.

Fischer, 62, is currently in detention in Japan fighting a U.S.
deportation order.

Iceland's single-chamber assembly approved citizenship for Fischer by
40 votes in favor and none against, said parliamentarian Bjarni
Benediktsson. He told Reuters the decision would enter into force
within the next few days.

Fischer is wanted in the United States for violating sanctions against
former Yugoslavia by playing a chess match there in 1992. He was
arrested in Japan last July for traveling on an invalid U.S. passport.

Chess fans in Iceland, where Fischer won the world title in 1972 in a
classic Cold War encounter with Soviet champion Boris Spassky, offered
him a home late last year and lobbied officials to issue him a special
passport to travel there.

http://makeashorterlink.com/?I124428BA


Bravo! Today is a day when we're all Icelandic!! :-)

(Many thanks Sigvald for the info that air traffic control at the
Reykjavik international airport is done by Icelandic personnel, and the
pilots of Icelandic airlines are Icelandic. The position is better than
I feared, but still, with those nutcases who run the US, I don't think a
dirty trick attempt is completely beyond the bounds of possibility).

The Committee to Free Bobby Fischer will be holding two news conferences
on Tuesday in Tokyo.

The first will be at 11.30 am at the Japanese Ministry of Justice. This
will be to review the ministry's response to the demand for immediate
release that the Committee will be submitting to the Justice Minister as
soon as the ministry opens in the morning.

The second will be at 2 pm at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
If Fischer is free by then, and not yet on his way to Iceland, he will
conduct the news conference himself.

(It is possible of course that the Japanese authorities will drive
Fischer in a prison van to an airport in Japan and release him onto an
Icelandic plane, so don't hold your breath that the Japanese authorities
will allow him to hold a press conference in Tokyo).

According to the Committee to Free Bobby Fischer, John Bosnitch will
outline the steps that the Committee will take from now on to protect
Fischer from further unlawful seizure by the US authorities, as well as
new legal action being filed on Tuesday in the US for declaratory relief
against the US government, including a binding order of habeas corpus
against all US officials, and actions for compensation for false
imprisonment and for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The full press release from the Committee, including details of the two
news conferences, is at:

http://www.freebobbyfischer.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=19

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