Bailed Bohemia developers return home after nearly 130 days in jail

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Ivan Buchta Martin Pezlar home

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Bohemia Interactive developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, both of who were detained and jailed in Greece for nearly four months on charges of espionage, have returned to the Czech Republic today after posting a €5,000 bail (opens in new tab) ($6,672).

Despite the bail's allowance of traveling home for both men, the charges levied by the Greek government—which claim Buchta and Pezlar spied after they recorded footage of military facilities on the island of Lemnos—still stand, with a court date to be determined at the conclusion of the ongoing judicial strike. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Nečas apparently negotiated a bail agreement after Buchta and Pezlar were denied appeal (opens in new tab) in November.

The community-led support site helpivanmartin.org (opens in new tab) posted a series of videos and snapshots showing a visibly smiling Buchta and Pezlar reuniting with family members and loved ones. In the past, the website's organizers has produced translations of Czech news coverage, which we hope will arrive later on. For now, here's a sample clip of the reception. Head over to helpivanmartin.org (opens in new tab) for more videos.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?