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Game Developers Suffer In Greek Jail Due To Legal System Strike

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Czech game developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar go through their third week sitting in a jail in Greece. The Bohemia Interactive developers involved in the making of ARMA were taking a vacation in Limnos, Greece, when they were arrested for taking pictures of secret military installations. The secret installations weren’t very secret in the first place if you think about it, and to make things even more ridiculous you can find more revealing videos on the internet than the 14 frames of video that Ivan and Martin were reported to have in their possession.

The sentence could have the consequence of up to 20 years in prison. Of course the matter could be resolved quickly as the case is one of a silly misunderstanding, unfortunately though, the Limnos legal system has been on strike this entire time. Excerpts from talks with their attorney, Panagiotis Eleftherioy, can be found on here:

Panagiotis Eleftherioy: “thanks in advance for your kind help and I’ve already informed Ivan and martin about the website that has been constructed about them. They are sending you and to all the gamers many greetings”

Panagiotis Eleftherioy: “As many of you know, the justice system in Greece is on indefinite strike. These strikes last at least until 20 Oct. According to Greek law, a case has to be on trial within 120 days after arrest.’”

Earlier, we asked the community to be on the lookout of publicly available material from military objects or installations on Limnos, (youtube/flickr) which might help their case.

Panayiotis Eleftheriou: “Such material can be of great help, and some of it is already used in the case.”

On the question: What more can we do? Will writing to officials help? Who to write to?
Panayioti Eleftheriou: “Write to the Ministry of foreign affairs or the embassy”

Source: Helpivanmartin