The president of the Czech Republic President pledges continued support for the two jailed Arma developers who are currently being held in Greece on charges of espionage. Earlier in the week President Václav Klaus wrote a personal letter to Greek President Karolos Papoulias – translated by Eurogamer urging him to give the case "special attention," but he also emphasized that he was not trying to meddle in the country's business.
"This case is very sensitive to the Czech public and also to me as president of the Republic," Klaus wrote in his letter. "The fate of our citizens anywhere in the world matters to us. I have no doubt that the democratic Greek authorities…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," the letter continued.
The two Bohemia Interactive developers, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, have been in jail for over 70 days and were recently denied bail at a hearing. They were arrested in September on the Greek island of Lemnos, accused of spying on a military compound. At the time of their arrest they were said to have photos of military compounds in Lemnos in their possession, according to Greek authorities.
The duo face 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges.