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Iceland offer for fugitive Fischer

I am outraged that this international criminal has eluded prosecution for such a heinous crime. How dare he play chess! Is it me or is the world getting more and more stupid by the day?

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland's parliament has voted to grant citizenship to fugitive U.S. chess star Bobby Fischer.

The legislation, passed Monday with 40 lawmakers voting "aye" and two abstaining following a brief debate, became law immediately.

"I am very pleased with this, and I think that the dignity of the parliament has increased," Fischer's supporter Saemundur Palsson said, adding that Fischer would be informed Tuesday morning Japanese time.

"I hope that he will stop cursing the Americans now. It has gotten him into so much trouble," Palsson told reporters.

Einar S. Einarsson, another of Fischer's key supporters, said he had spoken to the mercurial chess genius earlier in the day.

Fischer hoped the process would be quick, and "I don't think it could have been much quicker," Einarsson said. The bill went through the required three readings in 12 minutes.

Fischer, 62, has been detained in Japan 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.

There is widespread support for Fischer in Iceland, where he played the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in a world championship match in 1972.

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

Since being taken into custody in July for allegedly trying to leave Japan on a revoked U.S. passport, Fischer has repeatedly denounced the U.S. deportation order as politically motivated, demanded refugee status, 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 Iceland's chess association and is his longtime companion.

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Didn't he take steroids too? [:o)]
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I hear Iceland will take any old geyser.

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International criminal Bobby Fischer

AKA The Grandmaster

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