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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Sep 14, 2012, 06:33
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 14, 2012, 06:33
Sep 14, 2012, 06:33
 
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.
I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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Sep 13, 2012, 04:33
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 13, 2012, 04:33
Sep 13, 2012, 04:33
 
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.

This comment was edited on Sep 13, 2012, 04:41.
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Sep 13, 2012, 04:01
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 13, 2012, 04:01
Sep 13, 2012, 04:01
 
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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Sep 13, 2012, 00:05
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 13, 2012, 00:05
Sep 13, 2012, 00:05
 
Well, we can be assured that the Stockade portion of that map will be spot-on accurate.
"Never start a fight, but always finish it."
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up
Sep 12, 2012, 21:02
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 21:02
Sep 12, 2012, 21:02
 
So if I was one of those guys.....I would expect my checks to keep hitting my bank account....
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Sep 12, 2012, 20:32
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 20:32
Sep 12, 2012, 20:32
 
^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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Sep 12, 2012, 18:16
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 18:16
Sep 12, 2012, 18:16
 
"It's ok! I'm a game developer!"

What a novel response for an espionage charge
"Never start a fight, but always finish it."
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Sep 12, 2012, 18:15
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 18:15
Sep 12, 2012, 18:15
 
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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Sep 12, 2012, 18:03
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 18:03
Sep 12, 2012, 18:03
 
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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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up
Sep 12, 2012, 17:58
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:58
Sep 12, 2012, 17:58
 
First mission in the game, set BIS employees free from prison on Lemnos.
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Sep 12, 2012, 17:55
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:55
Sep 12, 2012, 17:55
 
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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Sep 12, 2012, 17:32
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:32
Sep 12, 2012, 17:32
 
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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Sep 12, 2012, 17:17
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 17:17
Sep 12, 2012, 17:17
 
Well, I take it the Greek military will be getting free copies of ArmA 3. sheez
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Sep 12, 2012, 16:55
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 16:55
Sep 12, 2012, 16:55
 
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.

Lee
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Sep 12, 2012, 16:52
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 16:52
Sep 12, 2012, 16:52
 
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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Sep 12, 2012, 16:43
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 16:43
Sep 12, 2012, 16:43
 
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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Sep 12, 2012, 15:27
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 15:27
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*
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up
Sep 12, 2012, 14:59
Dev
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 14:59
Sep 12, 2012, 14:59
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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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Sep 12, 2012, 14:42
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Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 14:42
Sep 12, 2012, 14:42
 
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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Sep 12, 2012, 14:24
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Sep 12, 2012, 14:24
 
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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