Arma 3 Devs Call Prison Experience In Greece “A Bad Movie”

Two Bohemia Interactive developers on Arma 3 were arrested while on holiday at the Greek island of Lemnos under suspicion of espionage. Their arrests made the news, and met swift response from the government of the Czech Republic. However, in spite of the outcry, the Greek government delayed their release and forced them to spend 129 days in prison.

The two men, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, have since been released and have begun to share their harrowing experiences upon their return to the Czech Republic.

Speaking to Polygon, the duo described the circumstances of their arrest, and their subsequent time in prison, which they describe as “a bad movie.”

“Of course, the real problem in the prison are the inmates, not the guards,” said Ivan Buchta. “We were fortunate to not to experience any form of violence — the prison in which we were was rather small and safe, with illegal workers, drug trafficking, frauds and similar non-violent cases. Still, the selfishness is a norm there and newbies are target of scrounging; until we learned about the rules and relationships (which took about one month), I was a bit scared by this environment.”

“It is easy to feel forgotten in prison, especially after being categorically accused of such a serious crime in the middle of your holidays,” he said.

The investigation into their case remains ongoing, and the two are scheduled to return to Greece to attend their hearing later this year.

“I have no idea when this happens and what would be the further development. Although it certainly won’t be pleasant to go there, we will respect all the decisions of the Greek justice. We have nothing to hide and I hope the truth will come out and the court will dismiss the charge of espionage.”

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