ArmA 3 developers denied bail; 70 days so far in Greek jail

Two ArmA 3 developers remain jailed in Greece, with bond and an appeal against their espionage charges both denied, Eurogamer reports from Czech news site Rozhlas. Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been imprisoned for 70 days, awaiting trial as the Greek legal system remains paralyzed by labor strikes.

The pair were arrested while on vacation to the Greek island of Lemnos in September, real-life inspiration for the ArmA 3 setting of Limnos. Their travels across the island and alleged recording of sensitive military installations were taken to be espionage by Greek authorities, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Buchta's father Miloslav described their conditions as leaving much to be desired, despite initial insistence from the two that they were getting by alright.

"They're in a cell with over 25 people, they sleep on the ground," Miloslav Buchta said. "They have food twice a day."

One of their mothers said the imprisonment (which is supposed to last a maximum of 120 days before seeing trial) is beginning to take its toll.

“Our boys no longer tell us on the phone that it's alright, that they're handling it," she said. "After the court's decision we only hear from them something that no parent ever wants to hear: Mom, dad, please save us."

Meanwhile, fans as well as DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall have organized campaigns for the release of Buchta and Pezlar. The pair's families say the foreign ministry has not done enough to help and they are escalating the matter to the Czech prime minister and president,


  • Redeater - November 16, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Good Lord. Here's hoping things get cleared up in a hurry for them.
  • Child Of Death - November 16, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    This is unaceptable. I dont give a damn what is going on in thier country, the Greek government has no right to do this.
  • angelusdlion - November 16, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    Yes, how dare they not let people wander around taking pictures of their military bases... I don't think they deserve anything but quick justice, mind you, but not clearing this ahead of time was stupid.
  • RebornKusabi - November 16, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    The article ends with a comma instead of a period, which ordinarily I would chalk up to the lackluster grammar standards this site has taken since Brett Elston and Mikel Reparaz have left it (though Mikel still posts the occasional article). The reason for this being something I find out of the ordinary is because after reading this article, I want that comma to be a placeholder for the eventual revision of this article where it ends with these two being released from their captivity.
  • archnite - November 16, 2012 7:42 p.m.

    While I thought you comment was just a grammar nit-pick and a longing for past ways of the 'Dar. I cannot agree more with the sentiment you ended on,
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 18, 2012 1:29 a.m.

    another grammar nazi...
  • Edias - November 16, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    I understand why they were taken into custody, but there is really no excuse for their being held so long. It wouldn't take much more than a phone call, and maybe some correspondence, to clear the whole thing up. That wouldn't take seventy days.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 18, 2012 1:31 a.m.

    this is very stupid indeed but i suppose they shouldnt have been going out to a country like the greeks as there are a lot of problems but i wish them best luck.

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