Tokyo District Court on Friday dismissed a request by fugitive former world chess champion Bobby Fischer to have deportation proceedings against him halted.

Fischer, 61, who filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on Aug. 6, has been held in an immigration detention center since last month.

He was taken into custody July 13 at Narita International Airport for trying to travel on an invalidated passport, a point disputed by his lawyer. He was leaving for the Philippines after having been in Japan for about 90 days.

Fischer has been wanted by the United States since 1992, when he violated U.N. sanctions against the former Yugoslavia to play and win a historic chess match there against his old Russian rival, Boris Spassky.

Fischer has also said he wants to renounce his U.S. citizenship.

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