Freed Bohemia Developers Will Still Face Trial, Not Out Of The Woods Yet

This morning brought the news that Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, two developers from the Czech Republic's Bohemia Interactive (Arma, DayZ), were freed on bail after spending the last 128 days under arrest in Greece for possible — denied — espionage.

There was much celebration by the developers' family and friends, but a Bohemia rep says the guys aren't out of the woods yet.

"Unfortunately, this is not end of the matter," Bohemia's Ota Vrťátko told Kotaku, "because trial is coming and they fight against these charges will be continue." Naturally, being out on bail doesn't mean a person is free of charges, but the Bohemia statement diminishes the optimism that the men, by leaving Greece, would be done in the matter.

Today nevertheless sounds like a happy day.

"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," Vrťátko said. "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."

We'll keep you posted as this story develops.


    Reflexively I'd say "Don't ever set foot back in that laughingstock of a country and tell 'em to get bent", however, that'd potentially screw over anyone else trying to get bail if a precedent for people doing runners is set.

    Further reflection on the issue started going towards "If you don't want to be imprisoned in a country with an awful legal system and draconian enforcement of stupid laws, don't go to countries with awful legal systems and draconian enforcement of stupid laws", but then I realised every country is like that, some are just worse than others.

    My answer is: Global thermonuclear war.

    Last edited 16/01/13 11:49 am

      This is what I was getting at in my comment on the earlier story.

      Even if they don't ever go back, I'd imagine that the EU probably has treaties in place for extraditions between member nations, so assuming both these nations are members of the EU then if they don't go back voluntarily then they may well get ordered back by the courts.

        The EU would view this case for what it is. A Joke.

        No Czech or central EU authority would enforce the treaty under these circumstances.

          Because you can take photos of army bases in the uk and Australia then?

    As long as they have evidence that they were doing rerearch for the game they should be right, Right?

      As I understand it, they were not. They were tourists being tourists.

        I'm pretty sure they were taking pictures as a reference point for a map they were adding into a game.


      “I travelled through Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Armenia but I never felt in as much danger as in Athens,” he says. “Whenever people ask me if they should visit Greece I tell them to go to Turkey instead.”

      Yeah, that sounds about right. Turkey is awesome.

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