Jailed Arma 3 developers released on bail

Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, the pair of Czech developers jailed without trial in Greece since September, have been released on bail. The pair were allowed to post €5,000 bail apiece after significant involvement from both countries' prime ministers, according to several Czech news reports gathered by a group of supporters.

“As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras informed Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas over the telephone that the two Czechs arrested by Greek police because of supposed photography of military objects on the island of Lemnos have been released. Both can now return back to the Czech Republic. PM Petr Nečas expressed appreciation for the efforts of PM Antonis Samaras and thanked him,” said a spokesperson for Nečas.

Buchta and Pezlar were detained for more than 120 days after their arrest on charges of espionage. While the pair protested that they were merely on vacation, the case was complicated by their work at Bohemia Interactive on military simulator Arma 3, which depicts a fictional version of the island.

Or at least, the case would have been complicated if it ever made its way to court--Buchta and Pezlar never saw trial thanks to wide-reaching strikes in the Greek justice system, and were previously denied bail.

The pair of developers is not off scott free: While they are free to return to their homes, the case will remain open until the legal system can see to the case. Until then, they're both out €5,000--not to mention months of their lives.

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  • haxxoromg - January 16, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    pretty damn ridiculous. when (and if) greece eventually does end up getting its collective shit together, actually take this case to court and subsequently realize just how fucking stupid it is, i wonder how the greek government will try to recompense these guys for 5000 euro plus five months of unjustified jailtime...
  • Balaska - January 16, 2013 1:03 a.m.

    To think Greece gave the world democracy, philosphy and the idea of personal rights.
  • Zeedar - January 16, 2013 2:48 a.m.

    Actually the idea of human rights came waaay later.
  • winner2 - January 16, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    You can't equate people from many centuries ago to people now like that so easily. Rather than saying Greece did all that, you should say the ancient Greeks did all that. The current Greece didn't do all that, it's not the same Greece.
  • Yellow Devil - January 17, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    You also forgot Greek tragedies.
  • oryanbelt - January 15, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    They really should take the gulag that they were held in and put it in Arma 3 as an escape mission just to stick it to Greece
  • Personamanxx - January 15, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Man, about time these guys have gotten released. I mean, all the guys did was take reference photography at the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Child Of Death - January 15, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    About time. I dont care what is happening over in Greece their treatment of these two guys were just unaceptable.
  • winner2 - January 15, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    I wouldnt want to piss them off any time soon.
  • RebornKusabi - January 15, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Thank Batman they're back out! They might be wise however and find a good lawyer because if I was in their case, I would do some research and sue the fuck out of that country and put it back into it's place- debt. Sorry, but even if they were in places that they shouldn't have been, being put into a a damn hole for months is horse-shit and while I think they were stupid in some ways, that doesn't mean they should have been thrown into practically a gulag for just researching shit...
  • jackthemenace - January 15, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Jesus Christ, this whole trial is a farce. HOW could developing a video game be counted as espionage? It's ridiculous. As bad as Greece's economy is at the minute, it's no excuse for such a ridiculous miscarriage of justice, and fi I were them I'd be seriously thinking about claiming for damages and stuff.
  • Unoriginal - January 15, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Finally this saga of a completely inept goverment is over. Congratulations to Ivan and Martin and I hope you get some overtime hours for this from Bohemian.
  • icbacomingupwithapropername - January 15, 2013 10 a.m.

    It's about fucking time Greece saw sense and let these poor guys out.

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