The two Bohemia Interactive developers arrested by Greek authorities on suspicion of espionage have finally been released on bail after 128 days of imprisonment. However, they'll still have to return to Greece to face trial down the line.
Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were detained back in September, accused of spying on military installations on the Greek Island of Lemnos. The pair have staunchly denied the allegations, repeatedly stating that they were simply on holiday. Photos of Lemnos military facilities were almost certainly taken as research for ArmA 3, which is set in the region.
Czech Republic Prime Minister Václav Klaus personally involved himself in the case, directly asking the Greek authorities to pay "special attention" to the situation back in November. He suggested that their treatment was "very sensitive to the Czech public and also to me as President of the Republic."
The news was confirmed on the dedicated community site helpivanmartin.org, which has been instrumental in keeping the pair's spirits up and raising public awareness over the last few months. Bohemia Interactive producer Dean Hall (yes, him of DayZ fame) tweeted the announcement to his followers, writing "Ivan and Martin have been bailed after 128 days! This is the greatest news I could ever receive! Can't wait to see them."
Since the Greek justice department is still on strike, the trial date hasn't been set yet. Here's hoping that they'll enjoy a happy reunion with family and friends before having to worry about the next step of the legal proceedings.