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Should Bobby Fischer be extradited to the United States & brought up on charges for playing Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia in 1992? A grand jury in Washington charged him with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
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although bobby did break the law...and willingly(remember his spitting on the document?), i believe that it is more politics than anything else. I would in some ways compare this to the martha stewart trial. Also he is an eay target with his anti-semitism and hate america attitude. I keep thinking of bobby acting as his own attorney...any jury would become as nutty as him:)). For that reason alone, let him be. Another factor, and perhaps the real motivation, is the case of japan bringing an army deserter from 1965 into japan from n.korea for medical treatment.
He should be deported technically, but his wife is japanese, and after almost 40 yrs....well....in the words of McCartney...let it be:)
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Another thread on this topic has already been deleted by the webmaster after degenerating into
an off-topic discussion about politics.
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Is it true ?
I have received a message from an opponent in the board as follows...
I was looking for details in this forum for details... Is it ture ? let me know....
the received message is attached....
(blanker) Bobby Fisher has given so much to chess and lifted chess
World wide, now he is in jail in Japan and we have to do
Something back for him.
Why is he in jail, they say his passport is unvalued.
If you support Bobby Fisher as a chess player?
No politics, just chess, ask to free him from
Jail in Japan.
Please send E-mail to free Bobby Fisher
Minister of Justice Japan
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Fischer became Wolrdchampion in 1972 and disappeared after it.
Fischer received an offer to play a "re-match" vs. Spassky in 1992, location: Sveti Stefan, Yugoslavia (price-fond 3.5 Mio. US $)
In Yugoslavia was a civil war going on these days, and Yugoslavia was sanctioned by the UN and the US as well.
Fischer received a letter from the US treasure department, giving him the warning, that he would face a 10 year prison sentence, if he participated in that match.
Fischer spit on the letter and played vs. Spassky, and never entered the US again, and the USA seemed to be happy with ignoring Fischer. Fischer became even more weird than he used to be, appriciating 9-11 and so on and so forth. The US decided not to ignore Fischer any longer and revoked his passport, and he was arrested at an airport at Tokyo.
No, Fischer was not arrested for playing a chessgame, but for breaching international sanctions.