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Post by Eorl @ 11:23am 18/09/12 | 5 Comments
Last week we saw news that two Bohemia Interactive developers had been arrested in Greece on allegations of espionage, with officials claiming that the devs had been "spying" on certain military structures within the Greek island Lemnos. The rumours speculated that the developers had entered restricted military bases in order to improve upon the upcoming title Arma 3, which sees the Greek island re-imagined with a 2035 setting.

Today Bohemia has officially released details on the situation, correcting the wild rumours that believed Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar had been spying on military institutions. Bohemia states that "these insinuations are completely false and without substance", and that the developers had been there purely for personal visiting pleasures triggered from their Arma 3 development.
They took photographs and videos in public areas, as countless tourists arriving to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Greece may well do. These included a short video as they drove through the main road passing around the international airport, where in one short part of the video off in the distance some hangars and other buildings of the complex can be seen. It's very likely that many tourists may have pictures similar to those taken by Ivan and Martin in their own family albums, without being aware that they put themselves or their families at risk.
Martin and Ivan have also released a statement to friends in family while they are currently detained in Mytilene awaiting trial:
"The conditions are tough, but the people we meet treat us fairly and correctly. It is all a completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained. We mainly think of you, our families; you have to stay calm and not to worry about us. We hope we will meet soon."
Now that the details have been cleared out, hopefully we'll hear more about the development as it comes to light.



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kirkoswald
Posted 12:17pm 18/9/12
going above and beyond for this game haha
Trauma
Posted 02:35pm 18/9/12
Rocket (a BIS employee) posted this over on the dayz forums...

Just to clarify.

They were on holiday. The island, which is not an faithful representation by even the slightest stretch of the real island, is well finished from a map designers standpoint.

It would be far to late for them to be "researching" the island, hence why that accusation makes no sense. But, that's not even what the authorities are saying. That is even crazier.
Superform
Posted 10:04pm 18/9/12
sounds like lawyer talk...

NO WE ARE ON HOLIDAYS TAKING FAMILY SNAPS!!

bs

3 years i would guess based on the other sentences that have been handed down
Pinky
Posted 11:56pm 18/9/12
So when do we tune in for the Czech Republik to invade Greece?

Because that's essentially what the Greek authorities are alluding to, aren't they? I mean, seriously, what value would those photos have even in a military sense? Who is going to invade Greece in this day and age!? What a joke.
PRiME
Posted 11:29am 20/9/12
Thing I find very silly is that the BIS guys took the photos/video while in a public region (from my understanding). They never trespassed on the base from what I understand (original reports was that they did?). Basically Greek government is broke and doesn't like BIS and clearly has plans to attack neighbouring countries in the future. Hence why they don't want to be on the radar, and are taking it out on BIS. Childish politics if you ask me.
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