It has been 128 days since Ivan Buchta
and Martin Pezlar
have been jailed in Greece, charged with allegations of spying. Today their situation has taken a surprising turn since the Greek Goverment have decided to release the two Bohemia Interactive developers on bail so they can return home, back home to their family and friends. Deadfast
has translated a news item by novinky.cz
Athens/Prague - Two developers from Czech Republic who were held in a Greek jail since September on suspicion of espionage will be, according to information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released on bail. Several days ago their attorney Dagmar Raupachová said that the Greek authorities should make a decision regarding their further appeal during January, mid February at the latest. Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta will be able to return back to the Czech Republic once they are released. Prime Minister Petr Ne?as was so informed by his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras.
"We received this information from the attorney of the two arrested, who informed us, that they will be released as soon as they pay the bail," told ?eská Televize the deputy ambassador in Greece Milo? Ku?era. The bail has been, according to him, set to 5 thousand Euro. "We have an unconfirmed report that both families have the money available and are discussing transferring the money to Greece with their attorney," Mr. Ku?era added.
He highlights that this is just a release on bail, it isn't a definitive end of the cause, court dealings will continue further. The time frame cannot be estimated, Greek judges are still on strike.
The pair of game developers were arrested by the Greek police due to photography of military objects. According to information from Greek press the two men were monitored since their arrival by the Greek security service who supposedly also contacted Czech security services.
An appeal for their release of the detained Czechs has previously come from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Petr Ne?as and even a presidential letter by Václav Klaus, all until now unsuccessful.
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