- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

JAPAN

Fischer wins delay in extradition to U.S.

TOKYO — Former chess champion Bobby Fischer won a major battle in his fight against deportation to the United States, as a court ruled yesterday that he can stay in Japan until his lawsuit against the deportation order has been heard, his supporters said.

The Tokyo District Court granted the injunction to Mr. Fischer, meaning that he can remain in Japan until it has ruled on the lawsuit, according to a statement by Mr. Fischer’s de facto spokesman, John Bosnitch. The statement said it could take as long as a year for the court to hear that case.

Mr. Fischer has been in Japanese custody since he was detained on July 13 after trying to board a flight for the Philippines using an invalid passport. He has claimed, however, that U.S. officials revoked his passport without following due process.

NORTH KOREA

Bush rhetoric blamed for endangering talks

LONDON — President Bush has jeopardized this month’s talks aimed at resolving a nuclear standoff with North Korea by talking tough about Pyongyang to win votes in November’s presidential elections, a North Korean envoy said yesterday.

The six-way talks would not go ahead this month unless Washington dropped this “hostile” approach, said North Korean Ambassador to Britain Ri Yong-ho.

“The foundation for continuing the talks has been damaged because the U.S. administration is using these talks for the election campaign by stepping up hostile statements against us, even insulting our leadership,” Mr. Ri told Reuters news agency ahead of a British minister’s visit to North Korea.

Britain could help break the deadlock when Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell heads to North Korea tomorrow, Mr. Ri said.

GUATEMALA

Maya Indians seize control of big dam

PUEBLO VIEJO — Hundreds of Maya Indians have seized control of Guatemala’s largest dam and warned yesterday that they would cut power supplies if they are not compensated for land and lives lost in massacres when it was built.

About 500 Mayan farmers, many of whom were survivors of army massacres when the Chixoy hydroelectric dam was constructed more than 20 years ago, stormed the remote facility Tuesday.

The protesters also oppose government plans to build new hydroelectric projects across the country.

Chixoy produces 275 megawatts of energy, accounting for 60 percent of Guatemala’s electricity.

In 1980, the army and paramilitaries killed 300 people, including women and children, from the village of Rio Negro, upstream from the proposed dam, after they refused a relocation offer.

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