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http://news247.gr/eidiseis/koinonia/eglima/sullhpsh_tsexwn_sth_lhmno_gia_kataskopeia.1923532.html

You can use goole translate....

Basically it's this
On charges of espionage arrested two Czechs, aged 28 and 33, at noon Sunday at the Platy Lemnos by officers of AT Myrina.
In testing conducted on the camcorder and camera that were with them, were videotaped and photographed camps and other military facilities on the island.
Against the file formed and led the Misdemeanors Prosecutor Mytilene on charges of espionage.
As argued by the defendants, were working for the company Bohemia Interactive and the photos they took it "enriches" the graphics of the video game ?Arma 3? played in Lemnos and Agios Efstratios.

Game might be delayed.... ?? !wild

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If they do get jailed, the first mission I will write for Arma 3 will involve players rescuing 2 photographers from the island, and delivering a bag of flaming dog poo to the doorstep of the idiot responsible.

As Outlanders said, "What Military? I thought they were broke!"

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SemlerPDX =VG= LAN_WROTE ...

If they do get jailed, the first mission I will write for Arma 3 will involve players rescuing 2 photographers from the island, and delivering a bag of flaming dog poo to the doorstep of the idiot responsible.


Hahaha, thats hilarious

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Update on the matter here. It makes a lot of valid points and if it turns out they were actually warned and knew about this and wasn't there on a job from BiS. Then yeah I can see why Greece is reacting the way they are.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/11/staff-working-on-arma-3-arrested-for-spying

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I just recieved a press release from Bohemia Interactive, and CEO Mark Spanel.

Here is the press release in it's entirity:


"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.

On behalf of the Bohemia Interactive team,

Marek Spanel, CEO"



Our thoughts go out to the 2 artists and their families.

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more information from Dsyecxi:


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@Castor
The second link from the description ( http://www.bistudio.com/english/home/news/company/330-update-lemnos-arrests ) does have new information from their lawyer which clarifies the situation as well as who 2 artists are.

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Perhaps this press release should be posted here, as well as the front page, for maximum visibility:

UPDATE: The Facts about Arma 3 Devs Detained in Greece


Prague, 17th September 2012

Since last Sunday, when two Bohemia Interactive, a.s. employees, were arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos, much speculation about what happened has circulated online. It?s been rumoured that they entered restricted military areas or gathered photographic references of military bases in order to improve the visual fidelity of Arma 3, a PC game currently under development by our company. Far in advance of any formal charges - only hours after they were detained by the local police - many media outlets immediately suggested spying and, only one day later, specifically referenced Arma 3.


Having travelled there, and after meeting personally with them both, as well as their lawyer who is fully acquainted with the Greek authority?s investigation file in detail, we can assure you that these insinuations are completely false and without substance. These employees - our friends, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar - visited the island as tourists. Their holiday was a product of their interest in the island, triggered by their work on Arma 3 over the past two years of 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.

We sincerely hope that the whole situation is no more than an unfortunate and deep misunderstanding. The in-game Limnos is close to completion, and it?s far from an identical replication of the real place. It was heavily modified to fit the game?s backstory, a purely fictional 2035 setting. It was rescaled to only 75% of the real island, and it does not attempt to display any real world military installations situated on the island of Lemnos.


To summarize the situation:

?They visited Lemnos on their holiday as tourists.
?They did not enter any military area.
?They did not take any pictures of any military objects to be used in Arma 3.


Martin and Ivan, currently being detained in Mytilene, relayed this message to their friends and family:

"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."


We apologize for any possible delay or lack of communication regarding this important matter. At present, all and every possible effort goes towards supporting Ivan and Martin, their families, and to getting the guys safely back home. Any form of support for our imprisoned colleagues and friends will be more than welcome.


Get Updates and Show your Support at http://www.helpivanmartin.org/

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