Great news for ArmA III and Bohemia fans, as the two developers who were arrested and accused of espionage, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, have been released on bail and can go back to the Czech Republic. According to the official Bohemia website – dedicated to this incident – the bail-sum was set to 5,000 Euros each.
There has been no trial, though the developers have been imprisoned for 127 days after the Greek government accused them of deliberately entering an area they knew was off-limits, and taking video footage of military installations. Although we don’t know whether these developers had on their hands photos or videos of various Greek military bases, Bohemia Interactive described the incident as an “unfortunate and deep misunderstanding.”
Both Ivan and Martin, aged 28 and 33 years, faced up to 20 years in prison if they were convicted.
Through months, the case involved also the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus, Czech Ambassador in Greece Hana Ševcíková, Euro MP Jan Brezina and his Greek colleague Niki Tzavela, who contacted five Greek representatives who are in position to intervene.
Now that’s a splendid ‘new-years’ present for the families of Ivan and Martin. Bet they won’t attempt capturing now any footage from such restricted places in the future… will they?