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ArmA 3 developers denied appeal, must face trial over espionage charges

Friday, 16th November 2012 17:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

ArmA 3 developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been denied an appeal and refused bail over charges of espionage in Greece.

The duo will now have to face trial in a Greek court, according to Czech news site Rozhlas, which also reports that the appeal verdict took weeks to be handed down due to a strike within the Greek legal system.

Conditions in the cell in which they have been held for the last 70 days are not optimal, according to Buchta’s father Miloslav.

“They’re in a cell with over 25 people, they sleep on the ground,” he said. “They have food twice a day.”

“Our boys no longer tell us on the phone that it’s alright, that they’re handling it,” said a mother of one of the men. “After the court’s decision we only hear from them something that no parent ever wants to hear: Mom, dad, please save us.”

The families have taken the matter up with the Czech president and prime minister as they feel the foreign ministry has provided ample help.

“We cannot agree with the statement [that we're not doing enough],” a foreign ministry spokesman commented. “We are very intensely working on this matter from all possible angles.”

Buchta and Pezlar face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of spying.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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  1. ududy

    If i’d been Greek, i would have been quite ashamed of my country at this stage.

    A cell with 25 people? Sleeping on the ground? For 70 days? I thought European countries had higher standards than that.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    I’m pretty sure the Greek are ashamed about a lot more than just the fate of two Czech games developers at the moment.

    Banana republic.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. NocturnalB

    Wow Greece… What part of video game do you not get? Yeah SURE smelly Greek investigator #2901394, These 2 guys were involved in deep secret espionage. Who would want ANYthing from your country? You guys act like you have something others want to begin with.. yeah right.

    #3 2 years ago