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There may be light at the end of the tunnel for imprisoned ArmA 3 devs Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar – held in Greeze without trial for over 70 days – after the Czech Republic president Václav Klaus wrote a public letter to Greek president Karolos Papoulias to raise awareness of the matter.

Buchta and Pezlar were arrested in September on charges of espionage after being accused of taking photographs of Greek military installations.

Although ArmA 3 is set on the island where the pair were arrested, developer Bohemia Interactive claims the pair were simply on holiday.

"I would like to address a matter of two Czech citizens who were arrested in Greece and charged with espionage," wrote Czech president Václav Klaus, translated by "This case is very sensitive to the Czech public and also to me as President of the Republic. The fate of our citizens anywhere in the world matters to us.

"I have no doubt that the democratic Greek authorities - police, prosecutors and the courts - will consider this unfortunate matter impartially and independently. Even I do not in any way want to interfere with their work.

"I want to ask you, Mr. President, to follow this unfortunate affair with special attention considering the excellent relations between our nations so this does not throw unnecessary shade onto our relationship.

"Once again, I want to assure you that I have the utmost certainty that our accused citizens will be given all the rights in the search for justice by the Greek authorities."

Eurogamer also reports that a demonstration is due to be held in Prague organised by Daniel Vávra, one of the creators of Mafia.

Source: Eurogamer

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Bloodstorm's Avatar


Yea, did you not know that the Persian army is coming back for them?
Posted 14:24 on 22 November 2012
Woffls's Avatar


They can afford military bases in Greece? Priorities, okay?
Posted 13:39 on 22 November 2012
Bloodstorm's Avatar


As much as it pains me to say this but in Greece it's illegal to take pictures of military bases and i highly doubt they were on that island for a holiday either.

Still, get them home, this is atrocious behaviour from the greeks once more.
Posted 13:17 on 22 November 2012
DancingRhino's Avatar


Yeah, and I can see it getting ignored as czech relations aren't the most pressing issue for the Greek President at the moment!

Why not be a lot more forceful. Yes, they were being idiotic ***** but everyone knows there not spies. They're our citizens and we don't want them rotting there for any posturing nonsense. Probably cause the Czech president doesn't care, but has to be seen to be doing something.
Posted 13:03 on 22 November 2012
FantasyMeister's Avatar


That's a pretty neutral "I dunno if they're guilty or not but could you move things along a bit please?" letter. I'd probably have written something more strongly worded and delivered it via tank.
Posted 12:53 on 22 November 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 12/09/2013
Developer: Bohemia Interactive Studio
Publisher: Bohemia Interactive Studio
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 1,452 1
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