In early September, Bohemia Interactive developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were arrested while alleging photographing a military installment on the Greek islands of Lemnos and Agios Efstratios. Officially charged with espionage (a charge both devs and Bohemia Interactive challenge), they now face up to 20 years in prison. But due to austerity protests, their trial has been postponed. According to Creative Director Jay Crowe, his team “doesn’t have any direct form of communication with the guys, but they’re able to call their families”. A website dedicated to the pair has been set up, allowing people to send support through postcards.
A similar incident occurred in 2001, where 12 Britons and two Dutch plane-spotters were convicted of “spy” charges. They were found guilty, eight were sentenced to three years of prison, while six were convicted of aiding and abetting and received one-year suspended sentences. The next year, thirteen out of fourteen of the plane spotters had their convictions overturned.
Report filed by Rakan Stanbouly