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Bohemia Interactive has a few new facts to share about two employees who were recently detained by Greek authorities for alleged acts of espionage. Just to recap: Arma 3 devs Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos on charges of espionage, as Bohemia CEO Marek Spanel confirmed on the studio's official forums last week. Now, there's a new post on the Bohemia website that aims to set the record straight on what's true and what isn't.
It seems that Buchta and Pezlar were visiting the island -- which, incidentally, is a major location in Bohemia's upcoming Arma 3 -- as tourists when they were arrested. They weren't on any kind of research assignment for the upcoming game, as had previously been speculated. A company spokeperson explains that the two took photos and videos in public spaces only, and that the presence of a Greek military installation in the background of one of those videos is what led to their arrest. In other wrods, the incident is being framed as "an unfortunate and deep misunderstanding."
Company spokeperson Jay Crowe reiterates the fact that Arma 3's treatment of Lemnos, set in 2035 on a scaled-down version of the real-world location, is completely fictional and "does not attempt to display any real world military installations situated on the island of Lemnos." Crowe also passes along a message from the two detainees, for 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."