Jailed Arma 3 devs thank supporters

Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta's letter from prison says they are treated well

The two Bohemia Interactive developers imprisoned in Greece on espionage charges have composed a letter thanking their supporters and sharing positive news about their treatment.

"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. We are treated well, but we feel we should rather be with our families than here.

Your effort makes it easier to handle: We enjoy the postcards, community news, pictures and puzzles which are being regularly send by this website's magnificent staff.

It seem sit will take some time before we could return home and there is certainly much to overcome.

We do our best to stay optimistic and use this time well: we read we walk, we chat and discuss and martin even does some pt. we've already walked hundred of kilometres, read thousands of pages, but our thoughts are always with our families, friends and people who help us in any way.

We should also thank everyone who joined the petition! 14.000 signatures is truly amazing number, which makes us hope for the best regardless of the hardships."

The handwritten note was published by, a site that is leading the campaign to have the men released.

The men have now spent 81 days in jail after being accused of photographing military sites while on holiday on the Greek island of Lemnos. Recently Czech Republic leader Václav Klaus lent his support to their cause.

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Latest comments (7)

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
This is utterly, outrageously ridiculous.
Do the Greeks realise how much they are damaging their tourist industry? And how backward they appear to the rest of the world?

Greece was once the centre of human thought and development. They seem determined to prove that the opposite is now true.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 5 years ago
The Greeks do not need help from the military to ruin their tourist industry, they got that part covered with street riots and demonstrations. Considering the Greek military being more afraid of a Turkish invasion now, than Britan of a German invasion during the blitz, the allegations come hardly as a surprise.
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Pascal Clarysse Executive Consultant, Scale-Up Consulting Limited5 years ago
I fail to see how this case being in Greece makes it a Greek problem. Like taking a picture of a secret military site in the US or in China would go totally ok? This is not Greece. This is the World in which we are living. Security > Freedom. It is outrageous indeed. Anywhere and everywhere. But it's nothing new or surprising, sadly enough.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games5 years ago
Well said Pascal, thank god they were not caught taking photos of a US military base. They would now probably be in Guantanamo. I dare anyone to go and take photos at the US missile base in Crete! :) The area they were taking photos is an installation on one of the most sensitive border areas. if it was at any other location i doubt there would be such an issue. The fact alone that they are allowed to portray military installations and locations of any country in their game with such detail was surprising to me! of course i am fully supportive towards fellow game developers, but it is important to be realistic and fair as well. We are making games, and have fun, but at the same time we should have a bit of common sense, be careful and respect the law! I feel sorry for what happened to the guys, and i'm certain they will be released.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
In the UK we are a lot more relaxed.
The biggest arms depot in the whole of Europe is at Kineton and is where nuclear weapons are stored.

Aerial view:
On the ground:
Anyone can photograph it from an overlooking hill:

Nuclear weapon convoy information:

It is also home to the Army School of Ammunition including the new multi-million pound Felix (named after bomb squad mascots) Centre for training Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) engineers where courses are given in Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) using robot search equipment on a mock-up urban street to provide realistic scenarios.

Also there are the V bomber nuclear bomb stores at Gaydon:
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago

It's ridiculous indeed, but comes as a no surprise that a country gets pissed when they see somebody taking photos of a military facility. In the case of Greece (Like @Klaus mentioned) the known diplomatic problems with Turkey are reason enough for the military to be extra careful, although I doubt they would ever try and invasion (It would pretty much screw Turkey's interest in joining the European Union).

The saddest part is what Klaus says. It's not like the country is a state of war now... but maybe it's not the best place to go on holidays right now (Specially if you are German).

Being jailed for taking photos of a military facility it's something that, although not 100% possible, would happen in Germany, Spain or any other country. It is indeed ridiculous that they did not solve this matter already. Cannot imagine how desperate and sad their families must be. Come on!
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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London5 years ago
The Greek justice system is a joke. One of the worst examples I know of was this case, in which a British tourist was extradited to Greece in 2009 to answer charges about a death in a nightclub on the basis of unreliable and contradictory witness statements, spent ten months in prison and another year on bail in the country awaiting trial, before finally being cleared on all charges when the case eventually went to court.

Let's hope the wheels of justice move a bit swifter for these guys...
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