This morning around 8:30AM the news reached us that Ivan and Martin are free on Bail. The bail-sum was set to 5000 Euro’s each.
We’ll bring more details about the news as it happens..
Checkout the English transcripts of Czech media :
The Czechs detained in Greece to pay bail and return home
Athens/Prague - Two developers from Czech Republic who were held in a Greek jail since September on suspicion of espionage will be, according to information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released on bail. Several days ago their attorney Dagmar Raupachová said that the Greek authorities should make a decision regarding their further appeal during January, mid February at the latest. Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta will be able to return back to the Czech Republic once they are released. Prime Minister Petr Nečas was so informed by his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras.
“We received this information from the attorney of the two arrested, who informed us, that they will be released as soon as they pay the bail,” told Česká Televize the deputy ambassador in Greece Miloš Kučera. The bail has been, according to him, set to 5 thousand Euro. “We have an unconfirmed report that both families have the money available and are discussing transferring the money to Greece with their attorney,” Mr. Kučera added.
He highlights that this is just a release on bail, it isn’t a definitive end of the cause, court dealings will continue further. The time frame cannot be estimated, Greek judges are still on strike.
“So far me do not have the decision in a written form,” Dagmar Raupachová said. The attorney that monitors the case on request of the family therefore, according to her own words, does not want to comment on the case much yet. She is happy that her long-term effort wasn’t for nothing. According to her the whole administrative matter should be resolved within several days.
Government’s spokesperson Michal Schuster:
“As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras informed the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas over the telephone that the two Czech arrested by Greek police because of supposed photography of military objects on the island of Lemnos have been released. Petr Nečas expressed appreciation for the efforts of PM Antonis Samaras and thanked him.”
The pair of game developers were arrested by the Greek police due to photography of military objects. According to information from Greek press the two men were monitored since their arrival by the Greek security service who supposedly also contacted Czech security services.
An appeal for their release of the detained Czechs has previously come from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Petr Nečas and even a presidential letter by Václav Klaus, all until now unsuccessful.
Two Czechs suspected of espionage in Greece are free
The two Czechs, who have been detained in Greece since last year’s September due to suspicion of military espionage will be released on bail, the office of Prime Minister Petr Nečas said on Tuesday.
“As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras informed Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas over the telephone that the two Czechs arrested by Greek police because of supposed photography of military objects on the island of Lemnos have been released. Both can now return back to the Czech Republic. PM Petr Nečas expressed appreciation for the efforts of PM Antonis Samaras and thanked him,” said Petr Nečas’ spokesperson Michal Schuster on Tuesday.
“Thankfully they have been released, but they will still be held accountable [for their supposed crime in court] later, but their not in jail anymore. Thank god for that. I’d like to thank the Greek side for this
Both men aged 28 and 33 years, who work for a video game-producing company Bohemia Interactive faced up to 20 years in prison if they were convicted.
The men supposedly rerecorded and photographed strategic military objects to be used in an upcoming military shooter.
After Bohemia Interactive denied that its employees were in Greece and illegally obtained photos as part of their work, the Czech President Václav Klaus also sided with them when he sent a letter to his Greek counterpart Karlos Papoulias with a request for their release.
Czechs detained in Greece can be released on bail, soon to be home
Two Czech developers who are being detained in Greece on suspicion of espionage since September will be released and will be able to return to the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed and added that the bail is set to 5,000 Euro for each - approximately 128 thousand KČ.
The mother of one of the detained - Iveta Pezlarová - reacted to the information about her son’s release very emotionally. “I cannot describe, we rather didn’t count on anything. It’s unbelievable,” she sobbed while on the telephone.
A Greek investigative committee has decided the release of both Czechs, it came to the conclusion that there is no threat to the Greek national security. As Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, this reason could have a large impact on the further court dealings.
Both Czechs - 28 years old Martin Pezlar and 33 years old Ivan Buchta - were arrested on the island of Lemnos in September. According to Greek authorities they were illegally photographing local military objects. In theory, they could have been imprisoned for up to 20 years. The Czechs refuted that and said they were there on holiday and were only taking pictures as a reminder of the holiday.
That was, however, in conflict with the fact that they were found with at least seven photos and seven videos (sic) of “sensitive” material. Both are also employees of a Czech IT company developing digital war games (sic), including one that shows Lemnos including its military objects.
Their release was agreed on by prime ministers
According to previous news from Greek press, the Greek police said the men were taking pictures on Lemnos for an upcoming game. [Bohemia Interactive] has denied that the two were on the island as part of their job and later stated that they went there for a personal holiday and all the photos were taken because they were tourists.
Czech politicians have gotten involved in the matter, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg all the way to President Václav Klaus. Near the end of the case communication between prime ministers of both countries took place.
“As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras informed Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas over the telephone that the two Czechs arrested by Greek police because of supposed photography of military objects on the island of Lemnos have been released,” said government’s spokesperson Michal Schuster. According to him, Mr. Nečas appreciated Mr. Samaras’ efforts.
The Greek media have stated before Christmas, pointing to the court files, that Buchta’s and Pezlar’s arrest was probably prepared in advance. Since their arrival they were supposed to be followed by Greek security service and the subsequent arrest by the police was done based on their instructions.