Fri, Nov 16, 2012 | 17:51 GMT
ArmA 3 developers denied appeal, must face trial over espionage charges
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.