Some 150 people attended a demonstration outside the Greek embassy in Prague on Nov. 26, demanding the release of two Bohemia Interactive. employees, Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta, detained in Greece two months ago over charges of espionage.
They were arrested on Sept.9 in Lemnos for allegedly not heeding ban and photographing a military area after reports that they entered restricted military areas or gathered photographic references of military bases in order to improve the visual fidelity of Arma 3, a video game.
Organizers handed a petition signed by 21,000 people to the embassy, calling for Pezlar and Buchta’s release. The Czech Foreign Ministry was also to be given a copy. If found guilty of espionage, the duo could be sentenced to between five and 20 years in prison.
In Prague, protesters urged Athens to allow the “boys to return home.” Last week, Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas discussed the case with his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras.