Imprisoned Arma 3 Devs Release Letter to Supporters

Arma 3 Creative Director Ivan Buchta and artist Martin Pezlar have released their first public statement since their imprisonment, and it’s a message addressed to their many supporters explaining that they are treated well, but would rather be with their families.

The pair of Bohemia Interactive developers have been jailed in Greece for 80 days now, after being charged with espionage in September for allegedly taking photos of a military instillation on the island of Limnos. Bohemia Interactive has denied that the duo were spying, claiming instead they were taking a vacation. If convicted, they face up to 40 years in prison.

The letter is dated November 22, and is printed in full below.

Chin up, gentlemen.

via PC Gamer

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8 Comments on Imprisoned Arma 3 Devs Release Letter to Supporters


On November 29, 2012 at 12:55 am

Truly proceedure for proceedure’s sake, and wasting two people’s lives in the process. Deable.


On November 29, 2012 at 12:55 am



On November 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

What. So desp!c@ble is a naughty word now, gamefront?

CJ Miozzi

On November 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

The censor is overly aggressive… The word despi-cable has the word “spi-c” in it, which is a racial slur.


On November 29, 2012 at 4:15 am

I do not feel sorry for these guys. First of all, why did they think any government would be ok with 2 unidentified civilians taking pictures of a military facility? Secondly, they were warned beforehand by people that live in Greece that their government takes this stuff very seriously and if caught they’ll get arrested. Personally, I feel better about the gaming industry knowing there are 2 less morons developing our games.


On November 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

Because you never did anything stupid in your life, right? Yes they we’re stupid and didn’t listen to the warnings. I’m sure they learned the lesson well, just delete the photos and let them home. It’s not like they killed or harmed anyone.
Do you seriously think they deserve to spend the rest of their life in prison?


On November 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

Do they deserve to spend the rest of their life in prison? No, however they dont deserve to be let off with a slap on the wrist either. Actions should have consequences, these guys knowingly broke the law and got busted. They deserve no sympathy because they knew what they were doing.


On November 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hi! I am from Czech Republic, such as the two imprisoned devs, so maybe i have more information about the case (because it hits headlines of every major media in CR every now and then). Greek authorities based the espionage case on seven photos and very short part of video made by the devs on ther vacation. During the vacation the two guys made about two to three hundreds of photos.
And the photos and video of military object on Limnos were made from car, during one trip, so they really didn’t know, that they are taking photos of any military buildings. The last sentence is, what the devs claim, so they could be lying, but the number of photos is true.
I would agree with Axetwin, that man should be punished for breaking rules, even if he didn’t break the rules on purpose. But only if Greek authorities will keep the devs in jail for few days and then levy heavy fine on them. The two guys are in jail for almost three months just because Greek courts are slow and Greek court clerks are on strike.
Excuse my poor English and length of my comment, but as Czech I feel I should defend the guys :-)