After 128 Days, Imprisoned ARMA 3 Developers Allowed To Return Home

128 days ago, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, two Czech developers from Bohemia Interactive, were accused of espionage while in Greece and were subsequently detained. They were found to have in their possession photo and video of military installations, which they maintain were for location-scouting for their upcoming game ARMA 3. Denied bail back in November, the pair faced up to 20 years in prison.

128 days later, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been released from Greece on bail at €5,000 apiece. This allows them to return to the Czech Republic where they will most likely be safe from further prosecution. This news comes from Czech news site Novinsky, translated by the Help Ivan Martin blog:

As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras informed Czech PM Petr Nečas over the telephone that the two Czech 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 Petr Nečas’ spokesperson Michal Schuster on Tuesday.

Good news, though the money has yet to be transferred and the pair have yet to return to the Czech Republic. Also, it should be noted that this is just bail and that court dealings will continue later on (Greek judges are on strike). All in due time, I guess, whenever that might be.


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