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Arma Devs Released From Prison in Greece

Employees from Bohemia Interactive, part of the dev. team working on the Arma franchise, have been arrested last summer in Greece and accused of espionage. According to the devs. they have been gathering snapshots for their project Arma 3.

The two devs. were granted bail, which was previously denied to them and are now going back to the Czech Republic.

Here's more on the subject:

As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras informed Czech PM Petr Necas over the telephone that the two Czech arrested by Greek police because of supposed photography of military objects on the island of Lemnos have been released. Both can now return back to the Czech Republic. PM Petr Necas expressed appreciation for the efforts of PM Antonis Samaras and thanked him," said Petr Necas' spokesperson Michal Schuster on Tuesday.

Both men aged 28 and 33 years, who work for a video game-producing company Bohemia Interactive faced up to 20 years in prison if they were convicted.

The men supposedly rerecorded and photographed strategic military objects to be used in an upcoming military shooter.

After Bohemia Interactive denied that its employees were in Greece and illegally obtained photos as part of their work, the Czech President Václav Klaus also sided with them when he sent a letter to his Greek counterpart Karlos Papoulias with a request for their release.

VG247 via Helpivanmartin.org.



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daddy74 Jan 15 2013, 08:30 am EST
Good news - loved all their games.
Reikhardt Jan 15 2013, 08:43 am EST
Good to hear. After the fiasco with the plane spotters arrested in Greece a few years back, it was easy to worry how long their release (even if only on bail) would take.
Ridiculously they can't actually set a trial date for these guys as the Greek judiciary is currently on strike.
PainZero Jan 15 2013, 12:14 pm EST
With all the chaos there it's good that they didn't forget them in some solitary prison getting gang-raped by gay bears.
Terminator Jan 15 2013, 02:09 pm EST
It's about time they were released!
KraGeRzR Jan 15 2013, 03:08 pm EST
Thank fuck. Now go back to making amazing games, you gorgeous wonderful people.
  Cheddar: I'm still waiting for Bohemia to make just one game t…
Breedy_Mcfluff Jan 15 2013, 03:59 pm EST
It is far from fucking over, fyi.
Cheddar Jan 15 2013, 05:42 pm EST
Right. It's just bail. The charges aren't actually dropped. If the film / memory cards that were no doubt confiscated contain images of military assets in civilian-prohibited zones, they're still fucked if it ever goes to trial (but that latter note is a legitimate question mark, considering how messed up Greece currently is... the whole thing may just get shoved under a pile and forgotten forever).
Reikhardt Jan 16 2013, 01:33 am EST
The fact that their bail allows them to leave the country almost certainly means that there is no appettite for prosecution.
Cheddar Jan 16 2013, 02:23 am EST
Nonetheless, the possibility of extradition remains. I don't know Greek law, but I presume espionage has a very lengthy statute of limitation.

What Bohemia needs to do now is verify whether or not their employees had illegal photos of military assets. If you read between the lines of their press releases on the subject, it's clear they aren't actually sure if their employees are innocent.

"we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country..."

"We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding..."
im_stardust Jan 16 2013, 02:26 am EST
Nothing more will happen. It was just a "scare" so "they don't do it again".
  Cheddar: Maybe so. But the devs in question should still be f…
Avus: Or it is just a "scare" that if they want to do it, y…
araczynski Jan 16 2013, 04:40 am EST
Greece is in such a pitiful state it's a wonder the country doesn't get held hostage by some Somali pirates. Funny how none of the austerity measures apply to politicians, and the people are fine with that.
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