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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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