The two Bohemia Interactive developers arrested on accusations of spying in Greece have, it’s been announced today, been released on bail. And even better, are free to return to the Czech Republic. This has come about, remarkably, after the involvement of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, directly in communication with the Czech PM, Petr Nečas.
After four months in prison, without charge, and with the threat of 20 years in prison if convicted, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been released on €5,000 bail each, and are now able to come home. Accused of taking photographs of military installations, the two have always maintained they were simply on holiday, visiting locations that they had previously added to the forthcoming ARMA 3. A huge home effort from family members and employers Bohemia Interactive gathered a great deal of press, and ultimately the attention of both nations’ top dogs.
The conditions of the bail are not yet known, but there are apparently no restrictions on their having to remain in Greece. And you have to assume it would be pretty tricky for Greece to pursue the pair once they’re back in the Czech Republic.
So many congratulations to everyone involved in the campaign to secure their freedom, and our condolences to Martin and Ivan for the awful four months they’ve endured.