Posted November 17, 2012 by Adam in News

ARMA III Developers Denied Bail by Greek Authorities

ARMA III Developers denied bail by Greek Authorities image
ARMA III Developers denied bail by Greek Authorities image

It has been 70 days since Bohemia Interactive’s ARMA developers Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta were arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos. The pair were held under suspicion of spying after they were found with images of secret military bases on the island. Now though the Greek authorities have denied the Czech developers bail and they will face trial for espionage.

This can carry a 20 year sentence if they are found guilty. Their extended arrest comes as a result of the ever declining financial situation in Greece, with the justice system itself having been allegedly on strike for some time.

Whilst Bohemia Interactive released a statement claiming that the pair were not working in an official capacity during their arrest, and that their trip was a privately arranged holiday, some questions have been raised regarding the fact that part of ARMA III will take place  on a greek island.

Initially the mood from the two developers was somewhat upbeat, decribing the living conditions as “Tough, but the people we meet treat us fairly and correctly. It is all a completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained.”

However, having now spent over two months in jail, the mood has soured. With the pair sharing a cell with 25 other inmates and sleeping on a floor, they have told their families that they are “no longer handling it”. In response, the families are escalating this situation with the Czech government, up as far  as the Prime Minister and President, in a bid to try and bring Martin and Ivan home as quickly as possible.

A website has been set up to help rally support for the developers, which just yesterday announced that a facebook page has been created to plan a protest outside the Greek embassy in Prague.

Souce: Eurogamer



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