[ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2004 12:41:48 PM ]
TOKYO: Lawyers for former chess champion Bobby Fischer and the government exchanged documents Tuesday in the first court hearing on his legal battle against deportation to the United States.
Fischer, who is wanted in the United States on charges of violating international sanctions against Yugoslavia, has filed a lawsuit against an order to deport him. He has been detained by Japanese authorities since July 13.
The court session in Tokyo on Tuesday was brief, with attorneys exchanging documents containing their arguments and evidence. The next session was scheduled for Jan. 29.
"Our ultimate goal is to reverse his deportation order to the United States," said Masako Suzuki, one of Fischer's lawyers. "He is detained under harsh conditions and we also want to win his release as soon as possible."
Fischer is wanted by the United States for violating international sanctions when he played a rematch in Yugoslavia in 1992 against longtime rival Boris Spassky. He won and took home $3.5 million in prize money.