Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar of Bohemia interactive were today set free, after 128 days imprisoned in Greece
The ARMA III developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar who were arrested for photographing ‘military objects’ during a holiday on the Greek isle of Lemnos have finally been set free. After a strong internet campaign petitioning for their release, it took the intervention of both the Czech and Greek Prime Ministers to see the men released on €5000 bail. The two men were holidaying in Lemnos in September when they were accused of espionage and arrested, both men have maintained throughout that they were simply taking photos to remember the trip by.
Greek Deputy Ambassador Miloš Kučera has stressed that this isn’t necessarily an end to the legal dealings, however, both men will be free to return home to the Czech Republic on receipt of the bail fee.
We here at BeefJack would like to wish both men well on their return home and hope they are able to make a swift recovery from their ordeal.
Developers Bohemia Interactive had this comment to make “As many have now read in various news sites Ivan and Martin have today been granted bail and can return to the Czech Republic. It is obviously wonderful news and we’re very happy that Ivan and Martin may finally return home after four months of detainment in Greece. We’re prepared to further help them and their families in any way necessary and we are looking forward to meeting our friends and colleagues Ivan and Martin again soon. It goes without saying that this is a huge relief for Ivan and Martin, their families and all of us at Bohemia Interactive, we send greetings and thanks to everyone that has supported the boys over the past four months.”
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