Freed Arma devs return home

Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta return to Czech Republic after 128 days in Greek jail; trial still on the horizon.

Bohemia Interactive developers Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta, arrested last year in Greece for spying, have returned home to the Czech Republic. DayZ creator Dean Hall tweeted an image of the pair at the airport, stating, "They're home! And smiling!"

Pezlar and Buchta spent 128 days in a Greek jail. They were released from prison earlier this week after posting bail of €5,000 ($6,686) each.

Though Pezlar and Buchta are now home, they are not out of the woods just yet. Bohemia Interactive's Ota Vrtatko told Kotaku this week that their trial is on the horizon. It was previously stated that the pair faced a 20-year prison sentence if convicted. It is not clear if this remains the case.

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97 comments
Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

And they'll never travel again....

Syvarth
Syvarth

I'm glad these guys are finally out. It was a shitty situation they were stuck in. For the amount of "spying" they were doing, 4  months was ridiculous.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

This is some pretty awesome news.  Glad to see they are free to go home.

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

I bet that military facility can be found on Google earth, also I heard tourists took photos of top secret Chinese stealth fighter and nobody was arrested, they don't even care.

CaesarIIII
CaesarIIII

No wonder this two look so happy in that picture. They just got lots of free publicity for Arma III.

They definitely getting the "Employee Of The Month" award. :D 

BeforeLyfe
BeforeLyfe

These 2 i dont feel sorry for just like when people go to iraq or iran to HIKE and get abducted. You know damn well your not supposed to be taking photos of secret government places and they did its a shame they had to learn it the hard way.

Elrax
Elrax

Now I wonder, what would happen 128 days later.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Really good to see them free.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

great, now these guys should go to Area 51 next.  perfect place for collecting resources i heard

TANKER_LINK
TANKER_LINK

Well I know what country I won't be visiting on my holidays. 

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

I wonder if they will put an easter egg in the game related to this.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Screw Greece....let them stay in their home country..... No matter what the trail says...it's bull.

jark888
jark888

Congratulate on their freedom : )

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

They're obviously spies...I should know, I've seen a lot of spies in my day...

ecede
ecede

I think we Arma fans in Greece should start a riot for this AGAIN !

Rubbish71
Rubbish71

Great news. They must be so happy..what an uncertain situation... Now let's see some more Arma 3 stuff

smitherean
smitherean

@vishisluv7  

Nothing wrong with the game you just descirbed (aside from the long respawn timer) - it's called EvE Online, and is one of the most profitable, best-reviewed and popular MMOs out there. The difference is, that game launched complete, balanced, and mostly stable, and this game looks like it was made by Zynga.

brok
brok

And now it's time to lock and load and head back to Greece.

Err... in the game I mean. In the game!

stefan_931
stefan_931

Well nice to see that they are home at least. Just have to hope for the best. Can't say that it was smart to have classefied photos on them. Hope that they don't have to spend 20 years in jail for a stupid misstake

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

The devs said they were doing research for their game, but the company said they were on vacation and that the company had no part in their expedition.  Now that they're home, assuming the devs were telling the truth I wonder if they will sue the company.

"We're just making a video game!  Call our boss, he'll comfirm it!"  "Boss says you on vacation.  JAIL!"  I would be pissed!

nurnberg
nurnberg

What would be the consequences if they simply decide to not return in Greece for their trial?  Anyone knows?

teostb
teostb

I bet if this happened in the US they would be still in prison. 

Aderdunn_3
Aderdunn_3

Eddie you are so obsessed with this thing that you need to stop! Look you become dumber and dumber everyday...You even said that capital city of Turkey is Istanbul..You are losing it..Please relax everything is fine now...You beloved Arma developers are free and ready to make your favorite game...I suppose you're gonna give Arma 3 sth like 9 or 10 out of 10 right?!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Half a year imprisoned without a trial, that's really something. At least they can worry about the trial at home now, with support from the family and friends.

skace13
skace13

@CraigNinten  So if you can find it on Google earth why did they go and took photos of it,doesnt make that sense,when they knew it was illegal


Link3301
Link3301

@CaesarIIII Or maybe there just happy to no longer be in prison. I guess you missed that part.

seldom-fat
seldom-fat

@bongsyas_23 Except if they did the same thing in most other places, nothing would happen to them.

hinkwokching
hinkwokching

@TANKER_LINK  I had heard some stories about foreigners (tourists and even a  respected Indian lecturer invited by a Greece university) been harassed and maltreated by local police. If all that I heard is true, Greece isn't a friendly place for foreigners at the moment, I for one would surely stay away.

ZackRoyer
ZackRoyer

@GamerLegend10 Probably it will be an extra mission where you'll have to rescue the devs from a prison.

rktPYZQShWz
rktPYZQShWz

@hangman000 Yeah guns whoooooooo! Army whooo!!! Only way to achieve growing balls whooo!!!

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

@SuperDutchy We all know the BEST spies are ones that don't stick out and look like everyman (or Games Devs)

Falru
Falru

@SuperDutchy If you saw them I assure you they were not spies *flourishes his butterfly knife*

TANKER_LINK
TANKER_LINK

@chibi-acer You can still do research for your work even if your superiors don't know about it.

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

@chibi-acerMy apologies. I meant to say, 'posted in May 2012'. If this is what you're referring to.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@nurnberg  

Greece could ask Czech Republic to extradite them back to Greece but I think this was for the money.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@Hurvl Better than the people that have been arrested their for spying before, who waited, had a trial, were convicted, and then were let go a year later because they weren't spying.

cablemodemx2
cablemodemx2

@Hurvl Meh, they shouldn't even bother worrying about the trial, much less actually consider appearing for it. Well, so long as they don't plan on ever returning to Greece, as I don't believe that the Czech Republic would hand them over, even if Greece requested extradition.

skace13
skace13

@hinkwokching @TANKER_LINK  Yeah if your idea of a nice time is to take photos of military facilites and expect not to get arrested Greece really isnt for you.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@glassesboy No, I miscounted, 182 days would be half a year, not 128, but it's still a very long time.

skace13
skace13

@hinkwokching @skace13 @TANKER_LINK Look because i live near a Greek naval base in Greece and there is also an American base here(Souda Bay)i can assure you there are numerous signs along the road that taking photos is forbidden so they knew it and you dont have to tresspass in order to be illegal.Also the company that makes the game is also involved in military activites.

hinkwokching
hinkwokching

@skace13 @hinkwokching @TANKER_LINK I suppose we will know after the trail when all evidence is put on the table, but if they had taken the pictures from public roads or locations, I don't think they could be charged with spying since photo taking in public areas is not illegal. If they had trespassed, on the other hand, that would be a different story.