Reykjavík, 23 February 2005
From the RJF Committee:
Icelandic Passport for Bobby Fischer
At a meeting yesterday with the Directorate of Immigration (UTL) Ms. Hildur
Dungal, CEO, told our committee members, that the Icelandic Authorities had
just decided after an advice from the Althingi to grant Bobby Fischer a special
foreigners’ passport which would allow him to travel to western
Europe, e.g. the Schengen countries. This decision comes after some four weeks
of lengthy considerations over his request for Icelandic citizenship at the
Sæmi Pálsson, Hildur Dungal, Einar S. Einarsson at the meeting
yesterday. Ms. H. Dungal, is the newly appointed CEO of UTL. She is a lawyer
and a former Miss Iceland.
The General Committee of Althingi concluded that it would be right to put
Bobby’s request for a citizenship on hold for the time being while other
possible means to get him released from his detainment in Japan over an invalid
US passport, which was revoked behind his back, would be tried out fully. Iceland’s
foreign minister, Mr. Oddsson, had already in December granted Bobby a residence
permit. But travel documents is what counts, not political declarations. Hopefully
this important move will break the deadlock of this absurd affair and generate
Bobby’s release after seven months of hardship for the former world champion
in confinement at Narita airport immigration camp.
In spite of the official formality of this case, it seems in fact to have been a
battle between Bobby Fischer and the United States, driven by some politically
incorrect views of Bobby on the events of 9/11 2001 and on the influence of Jews
in America today, affecting negatively the Palestinian people among other negative
influences. After Iceland offered Bobby Fischer a residency, the US protested
immediately at a special meeting with the Icelandic Minister of Foreign affairs.
After that meeting the Icelandic officials were stopped from continuing the
inevitable paperwork and passport issuance that should have followed the kind
offer right away.
The picture used in Fischer's Icelandic passport
When a stalemate had lasted for more than a month, Bobby Fischer requested
a formal citizenship that took the whole case to a new and a higher level.
Now the Icelandic Parliament was suddenly put in the position of answering
the question whether it wanted to involve the country formally into the matter
or deny Mr. Fischer citizenship. After weeks of discussion in the Parliamentarian
Committee that deals with citizenships, it gradually seemed more and more likely
that when taking the matter to a formal vote in the floor, a majority of the
parliamentarians would vote in Bobby’s favour. Instead of taking the
case that far, the Icelandic Government finally decided it would be better
for it's relation with Japan and USA to give Bobby an Icelandic ID number and
a valid passport to travel to Iceland, where he had already been offered a
If this measure to help Bobby Fischer out does not work the Althingi will
proceed with citizenship. Citizenship by parliamentary degree is granted twice
a year, next time in April. Bobby's Icelandic passport has now already been
processed and will be sent by a diplomatic mail to the Icelandic Embassy in
Tokyo and handed over by the Ambassador in due course.
Saemi Palsson, Bobby´s old friend and bodyguard, with another member
from our group as a second will be traveling to Japan in a couple of days
with the intention to escort Bobby Fischer to Iceland, hopefully next week.
After a very long and tiresome middle game, we now anticipate the endgame
Einar S. Einarsson
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