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“Spying” Bohemia developers’ release delayed by Greek justice system strikes


Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, the two Arma 3 developers currently detained on spying charges following a holiday on the Greek island of Lemnos, will have their trial delayed by recent strikes in the country’s justice system. The pair were arrested over a month ago on September 9, though progress will now be halted until courtrooms reopen on October 20 at the earliest.

Their lawyer has spoken with thecampaign to free the developers, urging supporters to be on the lookout for already publicly available photographs and videos of the militaryinstallationsBuchta and Pezlar are alleged to have been researching. He notes that, while the pair recorded 14 frames of video of the sensitive location, extensive filming of the buildings and objectsin question can be found online.

“Such material can be of great help, and some of it is already used in the case,” writes lawyerPanagiotis Eleftherioy.

That case, however, will grind to a halt while Greece’s justice system shuts its doors.”As many of you know, the justice system in Greece is on indefinite strike,” reports Eleftherioy. “These strikes last at least until October 20. According to Greek law, a case has to be on trial within 120 days after arrest.”

That deadline of 120 days pushes the pair’s latest possible trial date to January 7, 2013. Buchta and Pezlar issued this statement shortly after the arrest:“The conditions are tough, but the people we meet treat us fairly and correctly. It is all a completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained. We mainly think of you, our families; you have to stay calm and not to worry about us. We hope we will meet soon.”

Thanks, GI.biz.