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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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.

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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...

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

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

I also love how this is not the top story, but zombie tits are. 

laser00
laser00

Im really happy for them..

klusps
klusps

Good news, everyone! -Professor Farnsworth

AceBalls
AceBalls

If they are found not guilty, they will have an opportunity to sue the living fucking shit out of the Greek government. And we all know they are not guilty.

hampton2003
hampton2003

I would slowly but briskly go to my embassy and request asylum, and a helicopter.

CaesarIIII
CaesarIIII

Rofl !! Who cares a s*it about the Greek military strength, is not like they are a global super power.... Maybe they don't wanted us to see the"Lanchester SMG" guns from WW2, that they have in there. :/

frozenux
frozenux

Well good for Greece government they are in real need of income at the moment....

snoos
snoos

The critical question is were they trespassing?, if so yeah they desreved some jail time.

Just taking pics from a public road/path at some fenced in military stuff should result in a just a warning.

TANKER_LINK
TANKER_LINK

Just take their equipment and let them go problem solved.

bingbashbosh
bingbashbosh

I never really comment on this site but I need to clear something for idiots. Yes they took pictures of military bases but you can very easily get birds eye view images off Google Earth. The base was never top secret such as the likes of Area 51 etc. I just can't believe how insensitive some people are, coming out with things like "They got what they deserved" or "They should still be locked up" about two developers who had no malicious intentions whatsoever. Get a grip.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

good news for them - has it really been 4 months already? wow

toddx77
toddx77

Glad to hear they were released.

jonmar
jonmar

I think these guys have learned their lesson about running around and taking pictures of military compounds. What they did was unbelievably dumb. Still I'm glad the mess is getting sorted and they are a lot closer to going home now.

decoy1978
decoy1978

If they did this in America, they would be in there longer than 128 days. They got off lucky... Ignorance of the law is not an excuse


raiden3788
raiden3788

I'm from Greece, and it has NEVER been on the news, either these people's aprehension or their release.

Our secret services by the way, are ridiculus, failing to do their jobs on SEVERAL occasions, for example when the cell phones of the goverment were tracked for more than months (years ago, still noone knows who did that), or right now, they screwed up big time, losing a tax evader list given to Greece by the French. For those who don't know it, Greece has a huge problem with tax evasion, and it's maybe the biggest reason for its financial state, still these people are free, while the poor pay the price.


And yes, these people arrest devs, and protect those who ruined the economy.

V3rciS
V3rciS

People that butthurt about Greece to jailing them up are stupid. It's they're own fault that they're stupid enough to go to a foreign country and take pics of military camps. Imagine they'd do that in America, most probably still would be locked in CIA prisons with lifetime sentence awaiting them in the best case so stop saying random BS on matters you're clueless... there are national security laws you know?

Colekern
Colekern

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSFIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Of all the things Greece could take a stand on, they chose jailing these guys... Why not tackle bigger problems, like mass laziness?