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Arma 3 devs granted bail

Arma 3 devs granted bail

Arma 3 devs Pezlar and Buchta were arrested in September and have denied the allegations of espionage.

The two Bohemia Interactive developers arrested on suspicion of spying on Greek military bases are set to be released on bail.

Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta will return to the Czech Republic after their release and are expected to be freed for €5,000 each according to a site campaigning for their release, helpivanmartin.org and confirmed by a Bohemia Interactive spokesperson.

The developers, who were working on Arma 3, were arrested last September for allegedly taking footage of Greek military bases on the island of Lemnos. Both developers denied the allegations and insisted they were merely on holiday, a claim that was supported by Bohemia Interactive.

Authorities dealing with their case have been delayed due to judges and legal professionals in the country holding strikes over economic cuts put in place. The pair have spent four months in a Greek jail without being formally charged. At one point it was reported they were sleeping on a cell floor shared by 25 other inmates.

According to reports and speculation in the Greek media, there are suggestions that the arrests of Buchta and Pezlar were likely to be prepared in advance with Greek security forces following the pair since their arrival in the country.

As well as being widely reported by the gaming press, the detention drew the attention of Czech Republic president Václav Klaus last November who told Greek president Karolos Paulias that he was following proceedings with "special attention", expressing hope that the incident would not sour the two countries' relationship with each other.

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sub routine 17th January 2013, 09:19 Quote
woot, 4 months? I thought they would have been released AGES ago. Greece really is in a state isn`t it? Can`t see who would be stupid enough to spy on Greece anyways it`s gotta bit too much baggage, they can keep it imo.
greigaitken 17th January 2013, 10:34 Quote
at least the captured and imprisoned cutsecene will be realistic
SchizoFrog 17th January 2013, 10:39 Quote
It's one way to go about making your game authentic.
Panos 17th January 2013, 10:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
woot, 4 months? I thought they would have been released AGES ago. Greece really is in a state isn`t it? Can`t see who would be stupid enough to spy on Greece anyways it`s gotta bit too much baggage, they can keep it imo.

If they had done the same at US military bases, they could have never left Guantanamo.
adzc1987 17th January 2013, 11:08 Quote
I could have sworn i read that they were over in Greece getting pics for the game and they had obtained the authorisation from the Greek goverment as required and were shadowed by the Greek security forces.

Which made me puzzled as to why they where in jail, I assumed they may have overstepped the mark. If it was a holiday and they took the pics then they are in a worse situation than i thought!
Guinevere 17th January 2013, 11:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
If they had done the same at US military bases, they could have never left Guantanamo.

Not true. Greece is still living in the dark ages when it comes to stuff like this.
wafflesomd 17th January 2013, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
If they had done the same at US military bases, they could have never left Guantanamo.

Uh no. I've taken plenty of pictures of several bases that my brother has been stationed at. Anything that they don't want you to take a picture of will be hidden anyways.
faugusztin 17th January 2013, 11:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
If they had done the same at US military bases, they could have never left Guantanamo.

You do realize there are few issues with this :
1) Military installations itself on these Islands are in questionable status : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegean_dispute#The_islands
2) Lemnos has only one airport, which is civil and military airport at the same time. Do you make a photo of you and your friends leaving the airport ? You just broke the law.
3) The "pictures" they found are AFAIK 7 pictures and 7 frames of a video, with a wall of the airport on them.
4) Want to be a spy ? http://goo.gl/maps/LUsJQ - here you go, if Turkey (NATO member) would attack Greece (NATO member) Google Maps would be all they need.
DrTiCool 17th January 2013, 12:01 Quote
I'm glad that guys are back at home, both countries are in EU and it took 4 months to bail them out, wtf.
and one thing, president CR Vaclav Klaus is an asshole, period
blacko 17th January 2013, 16:10 Quote
anoraks. Who goes on holiday to photograph military bases. They should be in Kos drinking and using their weapons of mass destruction.
Shirty 17th January 2013, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by blacko
anoraks. Who goes on holiday to photograph military bases. They should be in Kos drinking and using their weapons of mass destruction.

I liked the bit where you answered your question before asking it.
blacko 17th January 2013, 16:33 Quote
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anoraks. Who goes on holiday to photograph military bases. They should be in Kos drinking and using their weapons of mass destruction.

I liked the bit where you answered your question before asking it.

yeah i noticed after i posted haha /fail.
Cthippo 18th January 2013, 01:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
If they had done the same at US military bases, they could have never left Guantanamo.

Not true...

Here's a report on 12 British tourists who crossed the boundary at Area 51 in Nevada and walked up and knocked on the door of one of the guard stations. They were fined $800 apiece by the county sheriff and sent on their way.

http://www.dreamlandresort.com/trip_reports/trip_146.html
Griffter 18th January 2013, 09:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
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Originally Posted by Panos
If they had done the same at US military bases, they could have never left Guantanamo.

Not true. Greece is still living in the dark ages when it comes to stuff like this.

Guantanamo is where they torture ppl, since US has a "no torture policy" in the country, they send them to Guantanamo and do it there... out of jurisdiction... who;s in the dark ages now?
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