Nearly two weeks back, we reported that two Czech developers, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, were suffering in Greek prisons. Well, it turns out that they are still languishing in Greece. These two developers belong to Bohemia Interactive and to their credit have ArmA 3. They were taken into custody for allegedly taking pictures of Greece’s secret military base.
Now it seems that this matter has come to the attention of Czech Republic’s most powerful person, its President! President Václav Klaus has appealed to his Greece counterpart. These were his exact words to Greek President, Karolos Papoulias:
I would like to address a matter of two Czech citizens who were arrested in Greece and charged with espionage. 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 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.
So far, there has been no response from the Greece’s side. Keep in mind that according to Greek’s law any detained person must be subjected to a trial within 120 days of his/her arrest. Buchta and Pezlar were arrested on 9 September – 73 days ago.
If you want to help these two developers, then head over to this site, which was set up by the ArmA community to help Buchta and Pezlar get back to home.