The two ArmA 3 developers arrested and charged with espionage in Greece have been denied bail in addition to being refused an appeal against the charge.
According to Eurogamer, the pair, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, have so far spent more than 70 days in jail, awaiting their trial. But they were forced to wait weeks longer than usual to hear the verdict of their appeal because a strike is affecting the country’s legal system.
Buchta and Pezlar have been accused of spying on Greek military installations: they allegedly took photos and some video footage of military buildings and camps on the island of Lemnos.
Bohemia says Buchta and Pezlar filmed holiday videos of the island, which happened to have the military installations in the background.
ArmA 3, it has been confirmed, is modelled quite realistically on the island. But Bohemia Interactive maintains that the two developers were on vacation to visit the island that loosely inspired the game’s landscape design – they were not on a research mission.
Following their arrest, Buchta and Pezlar spoke out about the conditions in prison, saying “the conditions are tough”. And it hasn’t improved. Buchta’s father, Miloslav Buchta said, “They’re in a cell with over 25 people, they sleep on the ground. They have food twice a day.”
One of the mother's said, “Our boys no longer tell us on the phone that it’s alright, that they’re handling it. After the court’s decision we only hear from them something that no parent ever wants to hear: Mom, dad, please save us.”
The pair’s families have taken the issue to the Czech Prime Minister and President – accusing the Foreign Ministry of not doing enough.
There’s an ongoing fan campaign calling for Buchta and Pezlar’s release.