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Bobby Fischer says he's been kidnapped

Sept. 12, 2004 at 9:22 AM   |   Comments

USHIKU, Japan, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Chess star Bobby Fischer, incarcerated in an immigration bureau detention cell in Japan, said he's been "kidnapped" by the Japanese government.

"I am a kidnap victim of the Japanese government and they have kidnapped me at the behest of a corrupt, criminal U.S. regime," Fischer said in an Aug. 31 interview with Radio DZRH that was released on the Internet this weekend.

The Mainichi Daily News reported Sunday that Fischer believes he would be murdered if he returned to the United States.

"There is nothing legal about the cancellation of my entry visa to Japan and my exit visa to Japan. There was nothing legal about the total destruction of my passport," Fischer said during the 50-minute interview. "This is all totally illegal and a violation of Japanese immigration laws and a violation of American laws."

Fischer, arrested July 13 for using a passport the U.S. government said it revoked, has been indicted by a U.S. grand jury for playing chess in Yugoslavia in 1992, when that country was under U.S. sanctions.

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