Detained Arma Developers Release Note to Supporters

Jailed Arma II developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have released a letter from the Greek prison they have been held at for more than two months. The two were arrested back in September by Greek authorities for allegedly taking photographs and videos of military bases. In the letter released on a support website for the Bohemia Interactive employees, Buchta and Pezlar thanked fans for their continued support and said that they were being treated well. Earlier news reports suggested that the duo were placed in close quarters and forced to sleep 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 Bohemia Interactive told GameSpot that it was "dismayed" at the recent dismissal of the an appeal, but added that it was "encouraging" that the Czech Republic government has commented on the pair's detainment and that the Greek government seemed to be listening and responding to reps from the Czech government.

"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."

Buchta and Pezlar face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Source: GameSpot


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