Detained Arma devs release note from jail
Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar say they are treated well in Greek jail; Bohemia Interactive "struggling to comprehend" situation.
Jailed Arma developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have released a note from the Greek prison they have been held at for more than two months now. Posted to the duo's support website, Buchta and Pezlar thanked fans for their support and said they are being treated well. Earlier reports suggested the duo were placed in close quarters and slept on the floor.
"Dear Friends, we would like to thank you for the ongoing support of our case. After tiring two months, it is important for us to hear (well, read) words of encouragement and to learn that we are not forgotten," reads the note's first line. "We are treated well, but we feel we should rather be with our families rather than here. Your effort makes it easier to handle. We enjoy your postcards, community news, pictures, and puzzles which are being regularly sent by this website’s magnificent staff, It seems that it will take some time before we could return home and there is certainly much to overcome."
A representative from Arma developer Bohemia Interactive told GameSpot that it is "dismayed" at the recent dismissal of the duo's appeal, but noted it is "encouraging" that the Czech Republic government has commented on the pair's detainment.
"In truth, it's a very sad and frustrating situation for all involved," a Bohemia Interactive representative said. "We're still struggling to comprehend the situation entirely; there does seem to be a lack of information from the Greek authorities concerning their case, aside from some early statements."
"We're still struggling to comprehend the situation entirely; there does seem to be a lack of information from the Greek authorities concerning their case."
Buchta and Pezlar were arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos in September for spying on a military compound. According to Greek reports, the pair were in possession of videos and photos of military compounds in Lemnos at the time of their arrest.
The Greek island is the main location for Bohemia Interactive's upcoming shooter Arma III, with the two reportedly claiming that they were collecting reference material for the game.
Since their arrest, Bohemia Interactive has insisted that Buchta and Pezlar were on holiday, and did not enter any military areas or shoot any footage of military objects for use in Arma III.
Buchta and Pezlar face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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