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 Arma  espionage suspects finally released on bail
Arma espionage suspects finally released on bail
January 15, 2013 | By Mike Rose

January 15, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, the two Bohemia Interactive employees who were jailed in Greece over espionage suspicions, have finally been granted bail four months after they were first taken in.

The pair claimed last September that they were collecting reference materials for an upcoming ArmA game near an army base on the Greek island of Lemnos. They were later denied bail.

However, according to a website set up in aid of the pair, Buchta and Pezlar have now been released on bail for 5,000 euros each.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that both can now return to the Czech Republic. It's notable that this isn't a definitive end to the case, as court dealings will continue -- however a time frame on the proceedings cannot yet be put in place, as there is still a strike among Greek judges ongoing.

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Maria Jayne
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That seems an odd decision, presumably once they leave the Greek borders they could simply ignore all future instruction to return. Providing they have no desire to return to Greece (safe to say no) the charges would remain in limbo. I don't expect the Czech Republic would be in any great hurry to chase them up on it on behalf of Greece either.

Still...good they can go home at last. I wonder how the experience has left them feeling about working for Bohemia.

Thom Q
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Just in time for them to still be there at the actual release of DayZ! Excellent :)

warren blyth
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I thought Bohemia Interactive made simulations for the military using government grants (VBS2), and spun their work off into consumer games later (ARMA). I've yet to see anyone mention this connection during the coverage of this incident.

It seems like they're putting a lot of effort into pretending to be two separate companies with the same name and logo. (am I wrong to think they're the same company?)