Japan is holding former World Chess Champion, Bobby Fisher, after he tried to leave that country with an invalid US passport.
Fischer, 61, was detained at Narita Airport outside Tokyo while trying to board a Japan Airlines flight for the Philippines on Tuesday, according to friends and airport officials. The U.S. Embassy confirmed Fischer was detained.
Hey, we can’t catch Islamo terrorists, but we can nab guys who are packing rooks!
It was not immediately clear if Fischer would be extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for playing a 1992 chess match in the former Yugoslavia in violation of international sanctions. Japan and the United States have an extradition treaty.
Yes, that dangerous violation of international law, unsanctioned chess matches. Better lock Fisher up before he castles again.
Then again he did break the law in for his own personal gain, and that should not just be let go.
“He didn’t know that his passport had been revoked,” said Watai, a member of the Japan Chess Association. “He had been traveling frequently over the past 10 years, and there was never a problem. I don’t understand why his passport was revoked all of a sudden.”
Gee, Watai, maybe that whole pesky 9-11 thing is making the US more interested in not letting law breakers fly all over the world? With the heightened security it was only a matter of time before Fisher was identified and arrested.
In the radio interviews, Fisher praised the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying America should be “wiped out,” and described Jews as “thieving, lying bastards.” His mother was Jewish.
Yes, I bet that was one reason the US had started looking for him again. Advocating the destruction of your home country tends to be frowned upon by the government.
Filipino Grandmaster Eugene Torre, another longtime friend of the former champion, said Fischer had been planning to seek political asylum in Switzerland and was caught off guard by the arrest. “Poor Bobby,” he said.
I can’t really say that my heart breaks for the guy. He’s a jerk and deliberately did things to piss off the USA. If he was really as smart as he thinks he is, then he would have asked France or Switzerland to grant him citizenship a long time ago.
The only asylum he is going to get now is if he pleads insanity, and they put him in Sing Sing.