Bohemia devs send handwritten letter of thanks from prison cell

'Your support makes it easier for us,' devs tell fans

The two Czech developers hoping to clear their name in a Greece court have handwritten a personal letter thanking those who continue to support them.


Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar - employed at Prague studio Bohemia - were arrested near their hotel while touring Greece.

The pair were charged with espionage - with state officials claiming they had taken pictures of a military compound - and face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty. Their colleagues at Bohemia have established, a dedicated website for Bohemia fans to send messages of support.

In response to the messages, Buchta and Pezlar have sent a handwritten letter to Bohemia, which is published in full below:


Diplomatic issue

The arrest of Buchta and Pezlar has escalated into an international relations issue.

Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, has asked state officials in Greece to place ""special attention" on the arrest and trial of the two.

A developer at Bohemia Interactive recently told CVG that the Czech studio has previously had run-ins with the mayor of Lemnos, Antonis Hatzidiamantis.

"In the past the mayor was vocal about us using maps and how it is strategically problematic because Greece has NATO's second-largest army [Turkey's] next door to them," said Jan Kunt.

He claimed that the maps which Bohemia had obtained were publicly available information.

"You can buy it yourselves. The Turkish army can buy it. It's not military-grade intel. It's really nothing more than Google Maps."

Greek authorities have a reputation for being sensitive to matters related to the country's military operations.

In 2001, a group of 12 Britons and two Dutch plane-spotters were found guilty of "spy charges" by a Greek court.

One year later, eight were found guilty of espionage and sentenced to three years in jail. The other six were convicted of aiding and abetting and received a one-year suspended sentence.

The following year, 13 of the 14 plane-spotters had their convictions overturned. The Home Office, at the time, had apologised for not intervening.