Jailed ArmA Developers Denied Bail In Greece

More than two months ago, a pair of ArmA developers from Bohemia Interactive were arrested in Greece for suspicion of espionage. Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have now spent weeks behind bars because of a legal system strike (jeez), and now, they've been denied bail.

According to the Czech site Rozhlas (as translated by Eurogamer), their appeal has been denied along with bail, and they will be tried before a Greek court. If found guilty, they face up to 20 years behind bars.

From Eurogamer:

The pair have previously spoken from captivity and said conditions left a lot to be desired. Matters have not improved.

"They're in a cell with over 25 people, they sleep on the ground," Miloslav Buchta, father of Ivan, said. "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' said. "After the court's decision we only hear from them something that no parent ever wants to hear: mum, dad, please save us."

A grim scene for all involved. DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall has started a petition to get his friends released, and Bohemia Interactive have labelled the entire thing an absurd misunderstanding.

After 70 days awaiting trial, jailed ArmA 3 devs refused bail [Eurogamer]


    Send in the special forces!
    I am 50% serious

    I'm 100% confident they were doing research for the game. That being said, you can't waltz into a foreign county and take confidential footage of military compounds under the excuse you're 'making a game'. The way they're being treated is terrible but they seriously should have seen this coming.

      The thing is, they weren't actually there for the game, they were taking a holiday in the country and just so happened to get photos of a military base and be working on a game that used that as a location. Bohemia are saying that they were not there for the making of the game. It is an 'absurd misunderstanding.'

        I highly doubt that.

        I can buy most of that except for the 'just so happened to get photos of a military base' part. If I had to guess I'd say that they were there, saw something that would look cool in the game, took some photo without thinking and landed themselves in trouble.
        I mean if you were working on ArmA III and in Greece, saw something cool in a military base, you'd probably want to take some shots of it. It's a stupid mistake to make (in some countries they'd just shoot you), but it's incredibly easy to think something along the lines of 'hey, the art team should see this' or 'heh, this place looks heaps like a location we made, take my photo with it' and not even consider the potential consequences.
        I really hope these guys can get this sorted soon, it must be absolute hell for them and their families, but it's a pretty tough pill to swallow that members of the ArmA III team just happened to accidentally catch a military installation in their tourist photos.

          The way I see it is if a normal tourist were to visit the country and saw a military base and wanted to get some photos they wouldn't get the same punishment dealt that the two game developers got. The big factor in their case is that they are working on the game with that location.

    It's a pretty bad situation they're in, but did they really not do any research on local laws? They should have known better in the first place so they didn't have to end up in this situation. When it goes to court one would think they'd be let off, but who knows how far away that is.

      thing is, they were not there doing research as they had already completed their research. the so called filming that they were caught doing was niether overt or covert. they were talking every day normal holiday snaps that tourists normally take, it just so happens that in some photos there are bases in the background. hell even here in this country most major airports have a section for military aircraft.

      The only reason this shit is happening is because there was a backlash from the limnos population because they didnt like that their island was the setting for video game.

        they were talking every day normal holiday snaps that tourists normally take, it just so happens that in some photos there are bases in the background.

        But that just comes back to what I said. They should have known that it's illegal. It's a kind of silly case but the police don't care what their reasoning is. They just enforced the law and it's for a judge to decide what happens next. Some countries have very strict laws on what you can take photos of, and foreigners especially should take notice no matter where you're going or what your reason is.

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