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BIS Arrests Follow-up

Bohemia Interactive Studios CEO Marek Spanel has posted a statement about the arrest of a pair of BIS employees for espionage (thanks Computer and Video Games). Here's their explanation of what happened:

We can confirm that two Bohemia Interactive employees, our colleagues and friends, were arrested during their holiday trip to Lemnos. They visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings.

Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information. We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma 3.

Currently, all our effort goes towards supporting the guys over there, as well as their friends and families affected by this difficult situation. We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds.3

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24. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 14, 2012, 06:33 Muscular Beaver
 
And here I thought, until now, that BIS and its games are very popular amongst military people.
Some militaries even invite those guys to record sounds of their vehicles and weapons and make detailed pictures of planes, choppers, vehicles, weapons and uniforms.

Maybe they havent realized yet who they arrested. Or maybe Turkey invited them first.
 
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23. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 13, 2012, 04:33 Titus
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 04:01:
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I'm sure these guys will be fine, no need to jump the gun and form a kickstarter for prison lube or anything

I wouldn't be so sure about them being fine..

In 2001 several British and Dutch airplane spotters spent 6 weeks in jail before being released on bail. None of them expected any problems fighting the espionage charges (max sentence: 20 years).

However, returning to trial they were convicted to 1-3 years in prison. This was only overturned on appeal a year later, after heavy diplomatic lobbying by the British and Dutch governments.

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22. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 13, 2012, 04:01 Mordecai Walfish
 
So many LOL's in this thread.. thanks =)

I'm sure these guys will be fine, no need to jump the gun and form a kickstarter for prison lube or anything

And Cutter quite a poignant statement considering that the 9th person has died in Guantanamo Bay just this week, having never been formally charged or given the chance to stand in trial for anything.

 
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21. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 13, 2012, 00:05 ^Drag0n^
 
Well, we can be assured that the Stockade portion of that map will be spot-on accurate.  
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20. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 21:02 xXBatmanXx
 
So if I was one of those guys.....I would expect my checks to keep hitting my bank account....  
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19. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 20:32 dj LiTh
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 18:16:
"It's ok! I'm a game developer!"

What a novel response for an espionage charge

Ya...cause what military wouldnt be ok with people making a simulated battle based on exactly your military bases thats easily acquired by your enemies!
 
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18. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 18:16 ^Drag0n^
 
"It's ok! I'm a game developer!"

What a novel response for an espionage charge
 
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17. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 18:15 SM0k3
 
DangerDog wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 17:58:
First mission in the game, set BIS employees free from prison on Lemnos.

 
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16. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 18:03 Frags4Fun
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 15:27:
Dev wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:59:
JoeNapalm wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:12:
These guys will be held while their story and backgrounds are checked out - then they will be held some more until some political poker chips are exchanged.
If they are lucky. Still some countries where you get executed for that kinda thing, even if you weren't actually guilty.

Yeah or even arrested and held indefinitely without even formal charges being brought against you. Can you imagine if the US was like that...er'...uh'...*cough*

That was great! heheheee
 
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15. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:58 DangerDog
 
First mission in the game, set BIS employees free from prison on Lemnos.  
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14. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:55 Spektr
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 16:52:
Greece is not a democracy, it is a meritocracy (Where the merit is being "physically related" to a politician)
Well that's called an oligarchy dude :p

Well it's not Egypt. Both Greece and the Czech Republic are part of the European community. It should settle itself because Greece can't afford bad press with Europe. Plus the accusation that another European country is spying on them is ridiculous. At least they are lucky they're not in a Turkish prison :p
 
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13. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:32 Julio
 
Good luck to those guys, I'll chip in for the lube kickstarter so they have a better stay in prison.  
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12. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:17 Joss
 
Well, I take it the Greek military will be getting free copies of ArmA 3. sheez  
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11. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 16:55 LArac
 
When traveling in Egypt we were warned to be sure not to point our cameras in certain directions, or to take pics of monuments from certain directions as the military would get upset.

They were most likely taking pics and notes, and some military or cop, might be the same there, noticed and thought I could catch a terrorist, then they realized pops gamer and can not look bad in the press.

BIS should be on the horn to State Dept, calling local officials, raising hell.

As screwed up as Greece is they could be stuck awhile.

Of course the judge may just be waiting on a envelope of paper products.

Wish them luck, at least it was not Middle East.

Hope it is fixed fast.

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10. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 16:52 eRe4s3r
 
I don't think that will help Greece.

Greece has a systemic failing of all financial state run institutions, and not because of debt, but because of absolute and total corruption in the high echelons of power. You can not find a single not corrupt politician in Greece. That's because the high echelon consists of only 2 large families that ruled since the end of World War 2. Heck, Greece is not a democracy, it is a meritocracy (Where the merit is being "physically related" to a politician)
 
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9. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 16:43 Ozmodan
 
The Greeks are having huge issues these days with their inability to fund the socialist programs. You would think with all the negative press they are getting they would drop the issue and try to get these people out of country fast.

Of course that is why the Greeks are in this kind of trouble, they don't think.
 
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8. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 15:27 Cutter
 
Dev wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:59:
JoeNapalm wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:12:
These guys will be held while their story and backgrounds are checked out - then they will be held some more until some political poker chips are exchanged.
If they are lucky. Still some countries where you get executed for that kinda thing, even if you weren't actually guilty.

Yeah or even arrested and held indefinitely without even formal charges being brought against you. Can you imagine if the US was like that...er'...uh'...*cough*
 
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7. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 14:59 Dev
 
JoeNapalm wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:12:
These guys will be held while their story and backgrounds are checked out - then they will be held some more until some political poker chips are exchanged.
If they are lucky. Still some countries where you get executed for that kinda thing, even if you weren't actually guilty.
 
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6. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 14:42 Matshock
 
Meh, they should mellow out now- Germany just green-lighted the endless printing of Euros.

...and with that ol' helicopter Ben should be cranking out some more Benjamins hot off the silicon soon.

If I were a Chinese person I would be royally pissed beyond consolation at this point.
 
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5. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 14:24 Spektr
 
It is little known but Greece is one of the most militarized country in Europe. Should really have invested all that money in the economy...  
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