After 128 days in a prison in Greece, Arma III developers Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have finally returned to the Czech Republic.
“Now I finally believe we are free,” Pezlar told reporters. “When we were in Greece, anything could happen.”
“We would like to spend the next days and weeks with our families and relax, because we didn’t sleep much after release from jail.”
“I have never experienced worse things in my life than this. The worst thing in prison was psyche, where you have to keep thinking positive. But prison staff were friendly to us – no serious problems there.”
In November 29, Pezlar and Buchta spoke of the horrible conditions of the prison through a handwritten letter they managed to smuggle out. This was shortly after their first attempt to post bail which was unsuccessful.
Earlier this week, the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas and his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras agreed upon setting their bail to €5,000 which was paid shortly after by the developers’ families.
Unfortunately, this does not conclude Pezlar and Buchta’s trying ordeal. Czech Republic President Václav Klaus has asked Greek state officials to place “special attention” to the arrest and trial of the two. “This case is very sensitive to the Czech public and also to me as President of the Republic,” said Klaus to Greek President Karolos Papoulias in a letter. If the courts find them guilty, they could face up to 20 years in prison.