Jailed Arma devs free on bail

Czech media reports state Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar post bail and are released from Greek jail after 128 days of imprisonment.

Jailed Arma developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been freed from a Greek jail. Czech media reports today (compiled by a fan-created support site) state that the two each posted a €5,000 ($6,686) bail, ending their 128-day imprisonment on spying charges.

A Bohemia Interactive representative told GameSpot, "Right now we're waiting for an official statement from Greece, but it's definitely a very positive turn of events."

Buchta and Pezlar were arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos in September for spying on a military compound. According to Greek reports, the pair were in possession of videos and photos of military compounds in Lemnos at the time of their arrest.

The Greek island is the main location for Bohemia Interactive's recently delayed shooter Arma III, with the two reportedly claiming that they were collecting reference material for the game.

Since their arrest, Bohemia Interactive has insisted that Buchta and Pezlar were on holiday and did not enter any military areas or shoot any footage of military objects for use in Arma III.

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213 comments
Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

That's a relief. Justic can take its course, but the two devs can live in better conditions without burdening Greek taxpayers with their incarceration.

mike9876543210
mike9876543210

so they went on holiday and took photos and videos of a military base without telling bohemia interactive

franzito
franzito

They wanted to make the game realistic and ended up in jail...

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

great, now their next place of interest should be Area 51

CItizenTaylor
CItizenTaylor

Why didn't they just post bail in the first place?

hrh787
hrh787

It's funny because Greece thinks that people actually care about Greece or it's military.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Wow, apparently spying on a foreign country's military has a very small bail... Either that or Greece is in such a bad place financially that they hired the worst haggler to negotiate with the developers for bail...

spookysev
spookysev

at least they can add the jails into the game now as mod? perhaps for dayz?

spookysev
spookysev

never going to greece! pffft...

Unholy123
Unholy123

Wow with bail that low clearly Greece has realize its not going to get espionage charges to stick to them at least this is done I found the whole thing ridiculous from the start if Greece wasn't in the middle of a meltdown this would have been handled a lot faster.

Ballroompirate
Ballroompirate

About time, hope those two get back to their families,friends and their work safely.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Good. Friggin nonsensical charges for these guys anyway.

tightwad34
tightwad34

That's some cheap ass bail for being charged with spying. If they really thought they were spies, they wouldn't have let them out of jail. Spying on countries is very frowned upon and if Greece really thought they were a threat to their country, they would not get out. Anyway I am 100% on the devs' side and I urge them not to go back for an absurd trial that would be a waste of everyone's time and $.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

I feel for them but that was an incredibly dumb thing to do.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I'm glad they're out but its 128 days to late.

The__Kraken
The__Kraken

The entire situation could have been handled a lot better by the Greeks.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Word to wise: don't sneak around foreign military bases taking photos and videos of day-to-day operations and the architecture.  ESPECIALLY don't do it if your defense will be that you're doing to this to model the base in a military simulation where you'll infiltrate the base and likely murder people along the way.

You're only asking for trouble.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

thats good. shouldve happened over the holidays, but its okay, at least they are out

Karzovis
Karzovis

Two men being held captive in a foreign country are released on bail. 

This is not the top story.

Activision being the usual dicks they are, nothing new

This is the top story.


Wut?

Dubi
Dubi

Well, thank God this is over. Finally. What a shame, keeping them locked for so long.

ggregd
ggregd

To the people saying the same would happen in the US, it wouldn't: 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2216077/BBC-film-crew-held-gunpoint-trying-failing-sneak-U-S-Area-51-military-base.html

You would be confronted by armed guards and arrested, they would take your ID, confiscate your cameras, maybe contact your government to see if the person in your ID exists and send you on your way.  They might keep an eye on you until you leave the country.  If you get caught doing it again, you'll get in worse trouble.

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

Greek are always overreacting.This was most probably a way of them just doing so because they can.
Believe me, i've been there many many times. Not to mention that out countries share borders. Greek people are just weird and they don't like foreigners. 

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Glad to hear that there free on bail, hopefully this will not make their lives anymore difficult...

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

FYI being a spy is not an occupation. So sorry being a game developer doesn't make them not spies.

radcrab123
radcrab123

God bless them and everyone who was worried about them they made it through Now they can return home to be with their familys*Snith* Im gonna cry

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

@mike9876543210 According to their attorney it's talk about 14 frames of a video (24 frames in a second) - I can only assume this is the frames where one or several military structures were displayed. How clearly is unknown - that was taken within a driving vehicle, on a public road, while driving away from the civil section of Lemnos International Airport. The attorney stated the recording was stopped after passing a 'no photo' sign.

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

@Wolfandstein Unknown. Within 2013 is the current official word.

LandauTST
LandauTST

@CItizenTaylor The wording is different depending on the article, as another article states they were finally -granted- bail. Being held on the suspicion of being spies, I'm sure they couldn't just immediately give them the money and go. So being able to post bale and the government granting it are two different things, the latter which seems more plausible in this scenario.

blee575
blee575

@hrh787 it's funny because Greece fought 5 wars with 5 different countries in the last 100 years, but according to you, ''nobody cares''. Oh, 3 of those wars were invasions. I guess they didn't care, they just felt the sudden urge to invade someone and, oh well, Greece was close.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@hrh787 Hey now... Greece has some good food... So I do care! Sort of, never mind the fact it ends with the food, but it is still caring...ish..

GeneralTrouble
GeneralTrouble

@spookysev 

There will also be a mini game whereby you have to run around the showers with a bar of soap. If you drop it then it's game over. ;-)

Falru
Falru

@ggregd ...and it's all perfectly justified.


I'm not blaming them for arresting these men, they got what they deserved. They didn't deserve to spend 128 days in jail though.


They should've had all their cameras/equipment confiscated, a large fine (in this case, a bail), and a swift boot in the ass out of the country and being banned from re-entering the country.


They shouldn't spend 1/3 of a year sitting in a cell waiting for a decision to be made.

Welldonesport
Welldonesport

@ryanreynolds 

Substitute "greek" with "black" and "don't like foreighners" with "love watermelon" and you'll see how absolutely retarded your comment is.

Dubi
Dubi

@radcrab123 God bless them, indeed. I was praying for them. Thank God they were released, at last.

V3rciS
V3rciS

@radcrab123 this post made me roll on the floor and start laughing my ass off! God bless... god bless what? God blesses only morons in this world... it's so unfair, maybe that's cause God's a moron as well? Oh sry forgot he doesn't exist! QQ some more

ggregd
ggregd

@Falru Right, but some people are saying you would disappear into Guantanamo, never to be seen again.

vorodill
vorodill

@V3rciS @radcrab123 We have a man here who can prove God doesn't exist! Finally! I've been searching for you for YEARS! Now, spread your Truth across the world and free us from the tyranny of the false God!

 You moron...

 -Coming from an atheist.

Dubi
Dubi

@Liliroots @hatieshorrer @Dubi Well, at least their incarcerament is over. Maybe they will be prosecuted. But, at least, they can go back to their families and go through the legal proceedings while in freedom.

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

@sotose13 @ryanreynolds @Welldonesport 


Really? More than half a year later you come back with this? And who is the dumb shit really? I live not more than 200 km's from Greece and i have many Greek friends for more that 20 years. It is not science fiction, nor a stereotype. And since i've faced their "hospitality" first hand for me it's a f*cking fact. They don't like foreigners, simple as that.  Which is not a bad thing perse, but you just had to twist your way around it just to have the oportunity to insult a random user on the boards, right? 
Stupid internet monkey! Grow half a brain. Until then keep your mouth shut and your fingers away from the keyboard.