Bohemia devs 'will be transferred to Lesbos and tried for espionage'

Greek island's mayor has had previous run-in with Bohemia, studio source tells CVG

Two game developers working at ArmA 3 studio Bohemia Interactive will be transferred to the Greek island of Lesbos where they will face preliminary trial on suspicion of espionage, CVG has been told.

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It was revealed earlier today that two developers, aged 28 and 33, were arrested after being spotted near a military installation on the island of Lemnos. It is suspected, though not proven, that the two were taking photographs for research purposes on the upcoming ArmA game.

Speaking to CVG, Bohemia executive producer Jan Kunt said that the unnamed pair are in the process of being transferred to be tried on a separate Greek island.

"They are going to be moved to Lesbos to go to the district court, as I understand it," he said.

"They haven't been charged yet, but the police is giving the court information about what happened."

Kunt said he was "not sure" the situation would ease out.

Greek authorities have a reputation for being particularly sensitive when it comes to matters related to its military operations.

In 2001, a group of 12 Britons and two Dutch plane-spotters were found guilty of "spy charges" at a Greek court.

One year later, eight were found guilty of espionage and sentenced to three years in jail. The other six were convicted of aiding and abetting and received a one-year suspended sentence.

The following year, thirteen of the 14 plane-spotters had their convictions overturned. The Home Office, at the time, had apologised for not intervening.

'Previous run-ins'

Kunt said he was concerned for the fate of the two, but appeared frustrated at the Greek authorities.

He also revealed that the Czech studio has previously had run-ins with the Mayor of Lemnos, Antonis Hatzidiamantis.

"In the past the mayor was vocal about us using maps and how it is strategically problematic because Greece has NATO's second-largest army [Turkey's] next door to them."

Kunt said that the maps which Bohemia had obtained were publicly available information.

"You can buy it yourselves. The Turkish army can buy it. It's not military-grade intel. It's really nothing more than Google Maps," he said.

On the matter of the two developers caught near a military base at Lemnos, Kunt added: "There have been developers on Lemnos before taking detailed photographs of things like dirt, fields and fauna. They take photos of lots of flowers and shrubbery and trees to get the environment accurate.

"I don't know where they were caught or what they were doing when they were caught."

He added: "I'm not sure the situation will ease out. The Greeks arrested twelve people taking pictures of planes. Seems like the Greeks have lots of problems and want to focus attention elsewhere."

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