Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar – the two ArmA 3/Bohemia Interactive developers who have been locked away in a Greek jail awaiting trial on espionage charges for 82 days now – have recently released a handwritten letter, thanking their supporters.
The letter, posted on the ArmA/Operation Flashpoint community’s support site https://www.helpivanmartin.org/ thanks their supporters, saying that their “effort makes it easier to handle,” and that they “enjoy the postcards, community news, pictures and puzzles which are being regularly send by this website’s magnificent staff.”
The pair say they are being treated well, but, unsurprisingly, they would rather be with their families. They are keeping themselves occupied by reading, talking, and exercising, but they are constantly thinking of their families.
You can read the full letter below.
Text version, from the https://www.helpivanmartin.org/ website.
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 kilometers, 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.
With best regards, from windy Greece,
Ivan & Martin
This letter is a response to the efforts of fans, mostly through the https://www.helpivanmartin.org/ website, setup by the Operation Flashpoint/ArmA community to support the two developers through this trying time.
Also supporting the developers is the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas, who, after a recent discussion at the EU summit in Brussels, has secured the involvement of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who has promised to pay special attention to the matter.
It is reassuring to hear that the two are remaining positive, despite being refused bail and denied appeal two weeks ago. Hopefully, this situation will reach a resolution soon.
We will keep an eye on the situation and update you with all the latest facts in this case.