Bail Denied For ArmA 3 Devs In Greece
Things aren’t going well for the ArmA 3 devs arrested last summer while scouting locations for use in the upcoming game.
In September, despite warnings, posted by Greek gamers to the ArmA 3 forums, that photographing certain military locations is a giant no-no in the Hellenic republic (and everywhere), the 2 dev team members, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, apparently decided to disregard that warning. They sauntered over to the island of Limnos, allegedly took pictures of the military base, and were promptly arrested and charged with espionage, surprising not a single person at EVERY MOMENT OF HUMAN HISTORY EVER.
Honestly, taking unauthorized pictures of high security installations is one of the classic blunders, along with starting a land war in Asia and matching wits with a Sicilian when death is on the line. It’s shocking that Bohemia Interactive would ever allow their employees to do it, and in fairness, both Bohemia and the men in question insist they absolutely did not take the snaps they were accused of taking. Granted, they did announce on their forums that they were planning to take these photos, which is why they were warmed against doing so in the first place. Even if no photos were taken, this might be why Greece isn’t buying the story. So we have the depressing spectacle of two generally nice geeky guys being rung up like Mata Hari. They could face up to 40 years in jail if convicted, which, you know, is really going to make for an authentic war experience in future games. I kid, I kid.
Anyway, the latest: They requested bail, and were denied. It took 70 days for this bail request to be denied, btw, because the country is currently riddled by strikes resulting from the European Union’s policy of
looting Greece and sticking to Greece’s poor, rather than actually helping the economy rebuild cough, austerity measures, uncough. So they’ll continue to sit in a Greek jail awaiting trial which is coming at a glacial pace because of larger turmoil in the country.
The moral of the story is that you do not tell the Internet about your plans to photograph government installations. Er, I mean, you don’t take those photos. No really, I promise.