Jailed Arma devs denied bail - Report

Bohemia Interactive developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar also have appeal tossed; remain in Greek jail after 70 days.


Jailed Arma developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been in a Greek jail for 70 days now, and they will not be released anytime soon. Eurogamer has translated a Rozhlas report, which states Buchta and Pezlar have been denied bail. Additionally, the duo's appeal over their espionage charges has been tossed out and their holding place has reportedly left much to be desired.

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"They're in a cell with over 25 people; they sleep on the ground," Ivan Buchta's father Miloslav Buchta told the site.

"They have food twice a day. Our boys no longer tell us on the phone that it's alright, that they're handling it," one of their mothers' added. "After the court's decision we only hear from them something that no parent ever wants to hear: Mom, dad, please save us."

Buchta and Pezlar face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

A representative with Arma studio Bohemia Interactive told GameSpot earlier this week that due to ongoing political strife in Greece, Buchta and Pezlar are no closer to release.

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 upcoming 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. A support site for the pair has been established by the community.

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