After 128 days in Greek jail, Bohemia Interactive developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been released. The pair were accused of espionage and faced up to 20 years in prison, after being caught photographing an off-limits Greek military base.
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The pair had been jailed in early September, with a certain level of mystery surrounding the case. The Greek government claimed they were spying on military installations. Buchta and Pezlar claimed they were taking inspirational photos for Arma III, but Bohemia reportedly told people that the duo were on holiday and not on any official work business.
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.
Following a conversation between the prime ministers of Greece and the Czech Republic, Buchta and Pezlar are now out on bail for €5000 each (about $6700), which means they are allowed to return home. The Arma 3 developers had been denied bail in November, but an intense lobbying campaign seems to have changed the mind of the Greek courts.