Minister of Justice and head of the Thingvellir Committee Björn Bjarnason does not like the idea proposed by the RJF Group, which helped free the late chess master Bobby Fischer from prison, that he should be laid to rest at Thingvellir national park.
There is a special graveyard at Thingvellir reserved for prominent Icelanders, like national poets Jónas Hallgrímsson and Einar Benediktsson, but no one has been buried there for some time.
“During the time that I have had a seat on the Thingvellir Committee, everyone has agreed that the national graveyards should be left in peace. I believe it should stay that way,” Bjarnason told Fréttabladid.
Minister of Industry and member of the Thingvellir Committee Össur Skarphédinsson agrees. In an interview with RÚV yesterday he stated that a request like this has never been received by the committee during the 13 years that he has been a member, but if it does receive a formal request regarding Fischer it will be discussed there like any other request.
The RJF Group has also suggested part of Fischer’s funeral be public. Skarphédinsson suggested the Icelandic Chess Federation be responsible for the funeral.
Former world champion in chess Robert J. Fischer died on Thursday from a serious illness. Fischer, who is originally from New York, was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005 and lived out the remainder of his days in Iceland.
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