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Czech President contacts Greek President about imprisoned developers: “The fate of our citizens anywhere in the world matters to us”


Today the Czech President has contacted his Greek counterpart about the two Bohemia Interactive developers who are being held by the Greek authorities on charges of military espionage. Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were arrested more than two months ago after taking photos of a Greek military facility. Recently, the developers were refused bail.

Czech president Václav Klaus wrote the following to Greek president Karolos Papoulias.

The following was translated byEurogamer.czand then posted on Eurogamer:

“I would like to address a matter of two Czech citizens who were arrested in Greece and charged with espionage,” Czech president Václav Klaus wrote. “This case is very sensitive to the Czech public and also to me as President of the Republic. The fate of our citizens anywhere in the world matters to us.

“I have no doubt that the democratic Greek authorities – police, prosecutors and the courts – will consider this unfortunate matter impartially and independently. Even I do not in any way want to interfere with their work.

“I want to ask you, Mr. President, to follow this unfortunate affair with special attention considering the excellent relations between our nations so this does not throw unnecessary shade onto our relationship.

“Once again, I want to assure you that I have the utmost certainty that our accused citizens will be given all the rights in the search for justice by the Greek authorities.”

So, he is not calling for their release, but by stating that he is aware of the case, and highlighting it for the Greek President, may get the two to court quicker or see their conditions improved.

More on this when it develops.